Growth in global power production from 2020 to 2021
Spike in coal generation from 2020 to 2021
Wind and solar's share of 2021 capacity additions
Capacity by technology
Global installed power-generating capacity reached a new high in 2021 of 7.9TW, nearly double the 4TW installed 15 years ago. From 2020 to 2021, capacity grew 4.8%, the biggest increase since 2015-2016. Wind and solar grew fastest.
Capacity by region
The Asia-Pacific’s power-generating capacity has nearly tripled in a decade and a half, while Europe and North America were the regions that have grown least since 2006.
Generation by technology
Total global power production jumped 5.6% in 2021 as economies rebounded from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Coal led the growth with an 8.5% jump from 2020-2021, however, global solar generation reached 1,000TWh for the first time, while wind neared 2,000TWh.
Generation by region
The Asia-Pacific region led the spike in global electricity production with a 9% 2020-21 jump. Power production in Asia-Pacific markets (excluding Mainland China) is now greater than in Europe or North America & Caribbean.