Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Who's Doing Clean Energy

Note 5/31 2 pm: I'm redoing the graphs that were here in terms of carbon-free energy, since there are questions about whether biomass and waste-incinerated energy are "clean." I also added the third plot.

Data via the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015. (The 2016 version comes out June 8th.)

renewable sources = wind + geothermal + solar + biomass and waste.

clean energy = nuclear + hydro + wind + solar

1 TWh = 1 terawatt-hour = 1 trillion watt-hours = 3.6 × 1015 joules

Note that the world is relying more on fossil fuels, not less:

1 comment:

Richard Mallett said...

At least one of our (UK) power plants (formerly coal fired) has been converted to run on wood chips, which I guess counts as biomass. The trees are chopped down in North America (reducing the CO2 sink) then shipped across the Atlantic (fuelled by fossil fuels)