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Total electricity generation

Global electricity generation will surge by 3%/year over 2020-2050, with fast rises in developing countries, and moderate rises in advanced economies.

Total electricity generation

Global electricity generation will surge by 3%/year over 2020-2050, with fast rises in developing countries, and moderate rises in advanced economies.

Global electricity generation will surge by 3%/year over 2020-2050, with fast rises in developing countries, and moderate rises in advanced economies.

Electricity generation increases in line with final electricity demand, and reaches 70,000 TWh in 2050 in our EnerBlue scenario (NDCs and announced pledges). Renewable energy sources allow to produce between 50% and 80% of the total electricity needs, depending on the ambition of the scenario considered. The share of fossil fuels, and notably coal, will drop quickly and substantially, especially in constrained scenarios.

Breakdown by region | EnerBlue scenario
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Trend over 2000 - 2050 - EnerBlue scenario

World

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Scenario benchmark - World - Generation by energy source (%)
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11

Apr

According to a white paper from the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), China’s battery storage capacity addition is expected to slow down from 34.5 GW in 2023 to 30.1 GW in 2024 (-13%) under conservative estimates, as energy storage struggles with low profitability, cause most notably by high upfront costs. With more favourable conditions, new addition in China are forecast to increase by almost a fifth in 2024 to 41.2 GW, which remains, however, below the projected 35% global growth rate of battery storage capacity addition. China needs battery storage as a back up to integrate rising intermittent renewables capacity into power grids, in a context where gas-fired capacity is limited. 

10

Apr

The local Chinese government of the Shanxi province has published the "2024 Work Plan for Stable Coal Production and Supply in Shanxi Province", proposing a slight reduction in the coal output to reach 1.3 Gt during 2024. Citing safety concerns and weak demand that caused a fall in prices, the province will voluntarily reduce 4% of its coal output from the 1.36 Gt produced in 2023. However, production is expected to increase in the coming months to reach the 1.3 Gt of coal during 2024, due to mines working under 70% of the registered production capacity because of production restrictions.

29

Mar

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the US gas production increased by 4% in 2023, thanks to a higher output in the three largest producing regions of Appalachia, Permian, and Haynesville, which jointly accounted for 59% of all natural gas production in the United States. The Appalachia region accounted for 29% of domestic gas production but its output growth slowed down in 2023 due to insufficient pipeline capacity to serve demand markets (no new major pipeline capacity addition in 2023). The Permian region accounted for 19% of domestic production and its gas production grew by 13% in a context of high oil prices boosting oil and associated gas production. Finally, the Haynesville region accounted for 13% of domestic production, with a slower production growth owing to low natural gas prices. The EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook expects a modest production contraction in 2024, due to low natural gas prices and a relatively stable rig count. 

25

Mar

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study, a two-year study evaluating transmission options to support offshore wind energy deployment along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The study was based on deploying 85 GW of offshore wind off the Atlantic Coast by 2050, and it analysed various potential scenarios for offshore transmission considering the costs and benefits of each pathway, providing a multi-regional planning perspective.