Present energy consumption

Energy consumption by generation methods in percentage terms of the total energy consumption can be seen in the table below.

Source of energyPercent
Oil37
Coal25
Gas23
Nuclear (one third of the energy is transformed into electric energy)6
Biomass4
Hydro power3
Solar heating0.5
Geothermal0.2
Biofuel0.2
Solar cells0.04
Other cources1.06

As can be seen, renewables contribute very little to the current total energy generation. Almost all energy has fossil fuel origins such as oil, gas or coal. Nuclear power is a quite substantial energy source but it is not renewable. It has the advantage that it does not emit carbon dioxide, but the disadvantage is that costly accidents may occur. In the event of accidents, public support can be lost and existing plants could be closed down and new plants would not be built.

Among renewable sources of energy, hydropower is currently the most important. The other renewable sources are still small contributors to the overall global energy supply.

Reference: Wikipedia

 

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