The Decarbonization Arms Race: Where the U.S. and other Nations are right now

May 11, 2023
My surprise takeaway: Canada is No. 1., while China is ahead of the U.S. in renewables as part of the mix... and in the U.S., nuclear is still the breadwinner for carbon free power

Sometimes in covering all of the momentum, projects and hype of the Many Paths to #NetZero. I like to ground myself in what the view is right now.

Using a multitude of sources such as U.S. Energy Information Administration, Statista, International Energy Agency and more, Here is a breakdown of the electricity generation mix in some the world's biggest developed or emerging nations.

My surprise takeaway: Canada is No. 1, while China is ahead of the U.S. in renewables as part of the mix... and in the U.S., nuclear is still the breadwinner for carbon free power.

Canada: Hydro 59 percent, Nuclear 16 percent, Wind-other renewables 6 percent, Natural gas 9 %, Coal 10 percent (total Carbon-free portion is combined 81 percent).

United States: Natural gas 38 %, Coal 22 %, Nuclear 19%, Wind 9%, Hydro-solar-other renewables 9 percent (Carbon-free portion is 38 percent, with nuclear more than half of that).

China: Coal 63 percent, Gas 3%, Nuclear 5%, Hydro 17%, Wind 6%, Solar 3%, Biomass-other renewables 3% (Carbon-free is 34% of the mix..and growing).

India: Coal 51%, gas 6%, Hydro 12%, Solar 16%, Wind 10%, Biomass 3%. (Carbon free mix is 38 percent)

Japan: Coal 31%, Gas 34%, Renewables 20%, Nuclear 7%, Other petroleum 8%. (Carbon free portion is 27%).

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