1st IEA Clean Energy Progress Report: Continued fossil fuel dominance poses political, environmental risks
The International Energy Agency, which monitors global energy markets and trends on behalf of the industrial countries, issued its first Clean Energy Progress Report Wednesday. Judging from press reports, it appears to have been a sobering, glass-half-empty look at world energy trends, with these takeaway numbers:
- 47% of global electricity growth over the past decade was met with coal.
- During the same decade, global renewable electricity generation grew by 2.7% annually, while global electricity demand expanded by 3% (i.e., renewables are falling behind).