The above chart shows the latest proportions of primary energysources, as reported by the BP Statistical Review. You can see thatRenewables now appear in the data, and account for 1.32% of total worldsupply of energy.
There are two big stories in the 2010 data from BP Statistical Review. The first I have already addressed: the colossal growth in coal consumption–predictably in non-OECD–but also the surprising strength in OECD coal demand.
The second big story is the rebounding growth in renewables in powergeneration, which slightly topped 2008 to grow at 15.5% last year. Butthat is the total, global rate of growth. What’s exciting is that powergeneration from renewables in non-OECD countries, mostly Wind and Solar, is growing at an incredible 36%. I will writemore about this subject, but it fits in with my view that the lack ofcomplexity in Solar and Wind power offers unique advantages, especiallyto the Developing World.