Comparing new renewable and conventional electricity capacity in selected countries

26Aug09

In the graphs below, I compare new renewable energy capacity with new conventional energy capacity for selected countries. The data comes from the EIA and is shown in GW for each year between 1980 and 2006. New renewable capacity (excluding conventional hydro) is shown in blue and new conventional capacity (including conventional hydro) is shown in red.

United States

US_Capacity

United Kingdom

UK Capacity

Germany

Germany Capacity

Spain

Spain Capacity

Australia

Australia Capacity

China

China Capacity

Brasil

Brasil Capacity

Europe

Europe_Capacity

World

World Capacity

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9 Responses to “Comparing new renewable and conventional electricity capacity in selected countries”

  1. 1 Tennant Reed

    Is conventional hydro included in the renewable capacity data? The Three Gorges Dam doesn’t seem to factor into the renewables line for China, though it has been generating power since 2003 and ramping up towards 22.5 GW capacity in 2011.

  2. This was a really great read, I am very glad I came across your site.

  3. 3 craigwindram

    Hi Tennant

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. As you’ve probably already figured out, conventional hydro is included in the conventional numbers, not the renewale numbers. Hence the three gorges is refelcted in the conventional sources (red line) in the graphs.

    Best regards
    Craig

  4. 4 jo

    Excellent posting! Now I am looking for the exact data for Germany, which I don’t find on the EIA website. Can you send me the direct weblink? Thanks!

  5. 5 jo

    I think I found the data for Germany at
    http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/iedindex3.cfm?tid=2&pid=alltypes&aid=7&cid=GM,GC,GE,&syid=2003&eyid=2001&unit=MK

    The title of your graphs should be better “capacity change” instead of “capacity”.

  6. 6 himanshu singhal

    I am looking for the exact data for India. would you send me any direct weblink? Thanks!

  7. 7 craigwindram

    Hi – you can get access to the data from the EIA site here
    http://www.eia.doe.gov/fuelrenewable.html
    Cheers
    Craig


  1. 1 FT.com | FT Energy Source | Renewables vs fossil fuel capacity, illustrated
  2. 2 Graphing Renewables against Conventional Electricity

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