Energy Consumption By Country 2020

Few people can argue that electricity isn’t one of our world’s most greatest inventions. After all, electricity allows up to light up our homes without the need for candles or lanterns, lets us watch television, and even is used to charge or power the computer or smartphone you’re using to read this.

While electricity does have its advantages, there are also some disadvantages. This includes the need for large, expensive infrastructure, millions of wires and cables, and dangers in the home, such as electrical fires. Power plants also create pollution, which degrades the quality of the air that we breathe as well as contributes to global warming.

In this article, we’re going to explore the top consumers of electric energy around the world. Topping this list is China. Based on data from 2017, China consume over 6.3 trillion kilowatts of energy per hour annually. However, the highest consumption of energy per capita does not go to China. Instead, that honor goes to Iceland. Overall, Iceland is ranked 73rd in the world based on its total energy consumption at 17 billion kilowatts per hour annually. However, the average energy use per capital is about 50,613 per person per year. Compare this to China, which has a much larger population and an average energy use of 4,475 kilowatts per person per year.

The United States is the second largest consumer of electric energy in the world with over 3.9 trillion kilowatts per hour used each year. Other nations that use at least 1 trillion kilowatts per hour per year include Russia and India.

Other nations with high levels of electric energy consumption include (listed in order by highest kilowatts per hour per year):

Japan Germany Canada Brazil South Korea France United Kingdom Italy Saudi Arabia Taiwan Mexico Spain Australia Indonesia Iran South Africa

On the flip side, there are nations that consume very little electric energy as a whole. The lowest is the Gaza Strip, which consumes roughly 200,000 kilowatts per hour per year. Other nations with low energy consumption include:

Niue Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Falkland Islands Montserrat Nauru Kiribati Guinea-Bissau Cook Islands Comoros Saint Pierre and Miquelon

* Data is from 2014.
Country Energy Consumption (kWh per capita) Population 2019
Sudan42,813,238
Haiti3911,263,077
South Sudan4411,062,113
Niger5123,310,715
Ethiopia69112,078,730
Eritrea893,497,117
Benin10011,801,151
Tanzania10458,005,463
Dr Congo10986,790,567
Nigeria145200,963,599
Nepal14628,608,710
Togo1558,082,366
Kenya16452,573,973
Republic Of The Congo2035,380,508
Myanmar21554,045,420
Yemen22029,161,922
Senegal22916,296,364
Cambodia27116,486,542
Cameroon27525,876,380
Ivory Coast27525,716,544
Angola31231,825,295
Bangladesh320163,046,161
Ghana35130,417,856
Pakistan448216,565,318
Mozambique47930,366,036
Sri Lanka53121,323,733
Nicaragua5686,545,502
Guatemala57817,581,472
North Korea60225,666,161
Zimbabwe60914,645,468
Honduras6209,746,117
Philippines696108,116,615
Zambia71717,861,030
Bolivia74311,513,100
India8051,366,417,754
Indonesia812270,625,568
Morocco90436,471,769
El Salvador9376,453,553
Jamaica1,0512,948,279
Gabon1,1682,172,579
Colombia1,31250,339,443
Iraq1,32839,309,783
Peru1,34632,510,453
Algeria1,36343,053,054
Ecuador1,37617,373,662
Moldova1,3864,043,263
Vietnam1,42496,462,106
Cuba1,45111,333,483
Tunisia1,45511,694,719
Tajikistan1,4999,321,018
Paraguay1,5527,044,636
Dominican Republic1,61610,738,958
Uzbekistan1,64532,981,716
Namibia1,6532,494,530
Egypt1,683100,388,073
Libya1,8116,777,452
Botswana1,8162,303,697
Jordan1,86510,101,694
Kyrgyzstan1,9416,415,850
Costa Rica1,9425,047,561
Armenia1,9622,957,731
Mongolia2,0063,225,167
Panama2,0644,246,439
Mexico2,157127,575,529
Mauritius2,1831,269,668
Azerbaijan2,20210,047,718
Albania2,3092,880,917
Thailand2,53969,625,582
Romania2,58419,364,557
Lebanon2,5886,855,713
Brazil2,620211,049,527
Turkmenistan2,6795,942,089
Georgia2,6943,996,765
Venezuela2,71928,515,829
Turkey2,84783,429,615
Iran3,02282,913,906
Argentina3,07544,780,677
Uruguay3,0853,461,734
Ukraine3,41943,993,638
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,4473,301,000
Macedonia3,4972,083,459
Latvia3,5071,906,743
Suriname3,597581,372
Cyprus3,6251,198,575
Belarus3,6809,452,411
Croatia3,7144,130,304
Lithuania3,8212,759,627
Chile3,88018,952,038
China3,9271,433,783,686
Hungary3,9669,684,679
Poland3,97237,887,768
South Africa4,19858,558,270
Serbia4,2728,772,235
Montenegro4,612627,987
Malaysia4,65231,949,777
Portugal4,66310,226,187
Bulgaria4,7097,000,119
Malta4,925440,372
Italy5,00260,550,075
Greece5,06310,473,455
United Kingdom5,13067,530,172
Slovakia5,1375,457,013
Spain5,35646,736,776
Kazakhstan5,60018,551,427
Ireland5,6724,882,495
Gibraltar5,69333,701
Denmark5,8595,771,876
Hong Kong6,0837,436,154
Czech Republic6,25910,689,209
Oman6,4464,974,986
Israel6,6018,519,377
Russia6,603145,872,256
Netherlands6,71317,097,130
Slovenia6,7282,078,654
Estonia6,7321,325,648
France6,94065,129,728
Germany7,03583,517,045
Trinidad And Tobago7,0931,394,973
Switzerland7,5208,591,365
Belgium7,70911,539,328
Japan7,820126,860,301
Austria8,3568,955,102
Singapore8,8455,804,337
New Zealand9,0264,783,063
Saudi Arabia9,40134,268,528
Australia10,07125,203,198
Brunei10,291433,285
South Korea10,49751,225,308
United Arab Emirates11,0889,770,529
United States12,994329,064,917
Sweden13,48010,036,379
Luxembourg13,915615,729
Qatar14,7822,832,067
Finland15,2505,532,156
Canada15,58837,411,047
Kuwait15,5914,207,083
Bahrain19,5971,641,172
Norway23,0005,378,857
Iceland53,832339,031