Energy requirements are increasing with every passing day and so is the production of electricity. Today, we are not dependent only on the conventional form of energy as we are able to harness the energy of water, sun, and uranium in a very efficient manner. The conventional thermal power plants are also more efficient now and that has certainly helped in bringing down the cost of energy. There are many countries where each household is a contribution towards the electricity production as these houses have solar panels installed and the solar panels can be used to transmit the excess power production to the grid.
Today, energy production also means the growth of the economy as it has a significant impact on the industrial output which in turn impacts the GDP of the country.
Do you know which the top 10 largest electricity production countries in the world are? Well, if do not know the answer then go through the list as we have compiled a list of Top 10 Largest Electricity Production Countries in the World. So, here is the list.
10. South Korea – 551,200 GWh
The list begins with the neighbor of North Korea and you must not be surprised to have South Korea on the list. The country grew exponentially and today, 30% of the county’s total electricity comes from the Nuclear Sources of Energy. The country is still dependent on the thermal power and 69% of the electricity is generated through non-renewable sources of energy. Apart from this, just 1% of the energy comes from the renewable sources and there is not much that South Korea can do to change this.
9. France – 553,400 GWh
Next on our list is France and you know what is unique about this country? Well, the majority of the energy is produced through the nuclear energy and nuclear energy accounts for 80% of the total electricity production. 12% of the total energy comes from the renewable sources of energy and rest 8% comes from the thermal power plants. The country has a very clean record when it comes to nuclear energy and there had been no accidents in past because of high safety standards.
8. Brazil – 581,700 GWh
The break-up of energy production is not available for Brazil but it is known that Brazil is mostly dependent on the renewable sources of energy for the production of electricity. The country has several hydroelectric plants and the country also harnesses electricity with help of ethanol. A major chunk of energy is also generated through the non-renewable resources of energy. There are some nuclear plants in the country as well but the contribution towards the electricity generation of these nuclear plants is not known.
7. Germany – 648,000 GWh
On number 7, we have Germany and here, 60% of the electricity is produced with the help of non-renewable resources. In addition to this, 21% of the energy is produced with help of the renewable sources of energy. Apart from this, 19% of the energy comes from the nuclear source. The country is planning to make a shift towards the cleaner sources of energy and this would certainly take some time but plans are already under execution.
6. Canada – 663,000 GWh
Next on our list is Canada and it is one of the cleanest countries in terms of the energy generation. 62% of electricity in Canada is generated with help of renewable resources and 15% of the energy is produced through nuclear energy. In addition to this, only 23% of the energy comes from the fossils and this makes Canada one of the cleanest countries in terms of the electricity production.
5. Japan – 999,600 GWh
Japan is quite a small nation when compared with the other nations on our list but it still has a high electricity output. The country is now reducing its dependency on the nuclear energy because of the accident in Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Presently, 73% of electricity in Japan is generated with the non-renewable resources and 12% of the energy is generated with help of renewable resources. The present output of the nuclear energy stands at 10%.
4. Russia – 1,087,100 GWh
Russia is one of the largest countries and without any guesses; we can say that the nuclear power plants in the country are quite efficient. There had been a nuclear disaster in Russia but that doesn’t stop it from depending on the nuclear energy. 16% of the electricity in the country is generated with the help of nuclear fuel as well as renewable sources of energy. Rest 68% of the electricity comes from the thermal power plants.
3. India – 1,400,800 GWh
India is a second largest country in terms of population and that ensures that the country has huge energy requirements as well. In recent years, the country has shifted its focus on the solar energy and now 17% of the electricity comes from the renewable sources. In addition to this, almost 3% of the total electricity is produced with help of the fission reactions and rest 80% of the energy comes from the non-renewable source of energy where coal remains to be the primary source of fuel in the power plants. The country has many projects in place to increase the energy production through the nuclear source.
2. United States of America –4,350,800 GWh
Next on our list is the United States of America and a major chunk of electricity are produced through the nuclear energy. This accounts for about 19% of the total energy production and in addition to this, the country is dependent on the renewable sources of energy for the 12% of the total electricity produced. Lastly, 69% of the electricity comes from the thermal power plants in the country. The developed nuclear technology certainly helps the country in reducing the carbon emission.
1. China – 6,142,490 GWh
China is the leader when it comes to the largest electricity production countries in the world and it is certainly required to support the industrial network in the country. As per the statistics, 81% of the electricity is produced through non-renewable resources in China whereas 17% of the electricity is produced through the renewable resources. In addition to this, almost 2% of the electricity is produced through nuclear energy. China is slowly making a shift towards the renewable energy but there is still a long way to go.
These are the top 10 largest electricity production countries in the world and the overall dependency on the non-renewable source of energy is slowly decreasing and the dependency on the renewable source of energy is increasing. It should be noted that the data is slightly lower than the actual data as this data was first compiled in the year 2016 and the data is compiled once in 5 years.