Global electricity production continues to rise - IEA

23 February 2022

The latest International Energy Agency Monthly Electricity Statistics report, which includes November 2021 data, shows that the total production of all member states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is still rising.

  • Total net electricity production was 868.2 TWh in November 2021, up by 1.4% compared to October 2021 and up by 3.7% compared to November 2020. From January to November 2021, total net electricity power production was 9784.8 TWh, up by 3.4% compared to the same period in 2020.
  • Total renewable electricity production was 268.0 TWh in November 2021, an increase of 3.1% compared to November 2020, and mostly stable compared to October 2021 (-0.6%). The share of total renewable electricity in the electricity mix was 30.9% in November 2021.
  • Combustible fuel power production was 475.4 TWh in November 2021, up by 2.6% compared to October 2021 and up by 4.9% compared to November 2020, with a share of 54.8% in the electricity mix. Natural gas power production rebounded in November 2021, with 260.0 TWh production, an increase of 2.3% compared to the previous month, and 8.0% on a year-on-year basis.

The most striking changes were exhibited by renewables generation in Australia, where November 2021 was abnormally wet and cloudy. There was a drop in solar power production to 2.8 TWh, a 7.3% fall month-over-month. Despite growing solar installed capacity, this represented a decrease of 2.5% compared to November 2020. However, the climate conditions were beneficial to wind and hydro power production. Hydropower production was 1.4 TWh, representing a 37.9% increase from the same month in 2020, while wind power production was 2.2 TWh, up by 12.8% (year-on-year).


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