Global electricity demand witnessed a 3.1 per cent jump in 2017 with major contribution coming from China and India. The two nations together accounted for 70 per cent of the rise, International Energy Agency said in a report.
With a third of the world’s population currently residing in India and China, the two countries accounted for a total of 540 Terra Watt Hour (TWh) of electricity demand growth in 2017, out of the global increase of 780 TWh. This global rise in electricity was significantly higher than the overall increase in the energy demand.
The Paris-based agency also said in its Global Energy and CO2 status report 2017 that India has made significant strides in improving access to electricity, with half a billion people having gained electricity since 2000 and a near-doubling of the access rate, to 82 per cent of the population now, up from 43 per cent in 2000.
“Electricity demand growth in emerging economies remains strongly linked to rising economic output. In China, the robust economic growth of nearly seven per cent and a warm summer drove electricity demand up by six per cent (or 360 TWh). In India, demand growth of over 12 per cent (or 180 TWh) outpaced the seven per cent growth in economic activity,” IEA said. Apart from these two nations, another 10 per cent global electricity demand was registered by other emerging economies in Asia. Read More…