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Power by fuel

What happened to the energy system in 2021 and why does it matter?

The share of renewables in global power generation continued to increase

The share of renewables (excluding hydro) in global power generation continued its rising trend, driven by strong expansion in solar and wind energy. Renewables share in power generation reached almost 13% in 2021, higher than the share of nuclear energy (9.8%).

The share of coal in the power sector increased slightly from 35% to 36% in 2021 but remained below its 2019 level.

The share of gas generation in 2021 remained close to its 10-year average level.