Power players

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[mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]E[/mk_dropcaps]NERGY: WE’RE PRODUCING more of it — and using more of it — all the time. That much is evident in the data presented here. But there are more nuanced stories to tease out from the numbers, stories that offer insights into how energy production and consumption reflect broader trends in our world. The figures for China, for example, illustrate the country’s rapid rise as a global economic power. Likewise, decreased consumption in the United States and Japan can be linked in part to the decline of manufacturing and improvements in energy efficiency.

There are many more narratives to uncover as you explore this data. You’ll find more than a snapshot of where we are. You’ll also discover questions — and perhaps find clues — about where we’re headed.

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Who’s Making It:

Top energy producers Worldwide, total primary energy production — including oil, gas and electricity — increased 33 per cent in the decade between 2002 and 2012. The changes reflect global energy shifts, notably in the U.S. where the “shale revolution” is having a major impact. Interestingly, Canada’s total production was relatively flat, suggesting that, oilsands aside, the biggest stories may be playing out elsewhere.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row fullwidth=”false” attached=”false” padding=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/electricity-generators.jpg” image_width=”500″ image_height=”565″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/natural-gas-producers.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/crude-oil-producers.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_padding_divider size=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]

Who’s Selling It:

Top energy exporters When it comes to energy exports, the world offers a mixed bag of results. The largest gains were made in electricity exports, which saw an overall increase of 28.2 per cent between 2003 and 2012, despite declines among some major suppliers. Also worth noting are large gains in crude oil exports from Canada and Russia, which grew 41.3 per cent and 55.2 per cent respectively.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row fullwidth=”false” attached=”false” padding=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/electricity-exporters.jpg” image_width=”500″ image_height=”565″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ border_color=”#ffffff” bg_color=”#ffffff”][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/natural-gas-exporters.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/crude-oil-exporters.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_padding_divider size=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]

Who’s Using It:

Top energy consumers With a rapidly developing economy, it comes as no surprise that China leads the world in energy consumption growth. More intriguing, however, is that consumption of total production and petroleum is actually falling in the major economies of the U.S. and Japan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row fullwidth=”false” attached=”false” padding=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/electricity-consumers.jpg” image_width=”500″ image_height=”565″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ border_color=”#ffffff” bg_color=”#ffffff”][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/natural-gas-consumers.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/petroleum-consumers.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”true” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_padding_divider size=”40″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]

Getting the green light

The use of renewables in electricity generation is a global growth story — a big one. And there’s lots of credit to go around.

[mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]R[/mk_dropcaps]ENEWABLE ENERGY MAY not be the hydro resources, we rank well in terms of backbone of the world’s electricity-generating systems, but its growth has been nothing short of spectacular. On a global basis, the use of solar, wind, hydro and other technologies has increased by almost two-thirds in the decade between 2002 and 2012, thanks in large part to major investments in China, Europe and the United States. And Canada? As a nation rich in overall generation. When you strip out that natural asset, however, we drop out of the top five rankings. But that shouldn’t overshadow meaningful change. We’ll leave you with one number: 115 per cent. That’s how much Canada’s non-hydro renewable electricity generation grew in the 2002 to 2012 period. There’s more to come.

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ENERGY MEASURES GLOSSARY

BTU: British Thermal Unit. One BTU is the energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

Cubic foot: A non-metric measure of natural gas by volume. Gas is also frequently measured in cubic metres.

kWh: A unit of energy equal to 1,000 watts of electricity used for one hour. A 100-watt light bulb will use one kWh for every 10 hours it is on.

Barrel of oil: A standard unit for crude production, equal to approximately 159 litres (42 US gallons).

For more charts and facts on the world’s top energy nations visit energy-exchange.net/topenergy.

 

SOURCES
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