Renewables became second largest generation source in 2013: IEA
Data unveiled by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that renewables generation overtook gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide in 2013. The figures showed that, in that year, renewables were responsible for 22% of total electricity, or 5,130TWh. In addition, global non-hydro renewables electricity, which rose to 1,256TWh or 5.4% of global production, surpassed oil-fired generation for the first time ever. In the same year, electricity generated by coal reached its highest level yet at 9,613TWh––representing 41.1% of global production. This was driven mainly by non-OECD countries.