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Worldwide renewable energy consumption increases by 3% a year between 2018 and 2050 with nuclear consumption increasing by 1% a year, a report by the US Energy Information Administration said.

The report, International Energy Outlook 2019, said nuclear generation will also grow by 1% a year.

It said China will continue to consume coal despite policies encouraging nuclear and renewable energy use.

Coal’s share of China’s electricity generation decreases from 64% in 2018 to 30% in 2050. In 2050, electricity generation is projected to account for 39 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of coal, while renewables, nuclear, and natural gas account for 73, 12, and 7 quadrillion Btu, respectively.

In OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Europe, natural gas-related CO2 emissions begin moderately increasing after 2030 as natural gas-fired capacity begins to replace retiring nuclear generation.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
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