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U.S. leads in energy consumption and production of renewable electricity

The U.S. and China lead the world in energy consumption, according to an interactive story map from Esri, with the U.S. consuming more than 3,886 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2010 and China consuming more than 3,633 billion. The countries also produced the most electricity from renewable sources.

In 2010, the U.S. produced more than 427 billion kilowatt hours from renewable sources, and while that number makes the country a leader in renewable electricity, it accounted for only 10.4% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. Most of the renewable electricity in the U.S. was hydroelectric.

Click on image to access interactive map of the world’s leading energy producing and consuming countries.

China produced more than 770 billion kilowatt hours of renewable electricity in 2010, or 19.7% of the electricity the country produced that year, mostly from hydroelectric sources.

Canada and Brazil were also global leaders in renewable electricity production in 2010, with Canada producing more than 366 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and Brazil producing more than 432 billion kilowatt hours.