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World consumption of renewable and nuclear energies, 1965-2016

Source: BP, The Statistical Review of World Energy 2017,


The curves show the age of so-called “renewable” and nuclear energies as part of global consumption. Hydropower, produced by dams, is an old form of energy and remained in the lead throughout the whole period. Nuclear energy had a sharp increase in the 1970s and 1980s but has since stagnated. The use of wind and solar power is more recent, starting in the 1990s, and in 2016 was still marginal by comparison with hydroelectric and nuclear power.


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