Renewables v. Fossil Power Generation, selected countries, 2010-2017

Renewable energy is gaining on fossil fuels for electricity generation in most countries, but at very different rates. The cross-over point, when wind, solar and biofuels regularly generate more power than coal, oil and gas is indicative for the time it will take to eliminate fossil fuels entirely.

Renewable Energy (non-hydro) compared to fossil fuel electricity generation in selected countries, 2010 – 2018 /%

CountryRenewables 2010**Fossils 2010Renewables 2017*****Fossils 2017Change RE/Fossils
China1.7%79.4%7.3%70.4%+5.6% / -9.0%
USA4.1%70.3%9.6%*****62.9%*****+5.5% / -12.6%
India3.6%81.2%7.2%******79.8%******+3.6% / -1.4%
Japan3.3%63.9%5.478.3%+2.1% / +14.4%
EU-289.0%51.4%20.5%42.9%+11.5% / -8.5%
UK5.8%76.3%27.6%47.0%+21.8% / -29.3%
Germany16.5%57.0%*30.4%51.0%+13.9% / -6.0%
Italy8.5%73.3%23.2%63.1%+13.7% / -10.2%
France2.7%9.9%7.9%****10.2%****+5.2% / +0.3%
Spain18.5%46.2%25.2%45.7%+6.7% / -0.5%
World3.5%67.0%8.4%64.7%+4.9% / -2.3%

Source: https://www.bp.com BP Statistical Review of World Energy
*ag-energiebilanzen.de
**https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EG.ELC.FOSL.ZS?end=2015&start=2010
***https://www.statista.com/statistics/274036/renewable-energy-consumption-in-france/
****https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com
*****https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3
******https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_India

Renewables = all renewable sources (wind, solar, bio, geothermal, etc.) except hydroelectricity