Sep 8, 2017

GoCompare Energy study reveals global disparity in energy usage

Energy Efficiency
Jonathan Dyble
2 min
A research study conducted by GoCompare Energy has revealed a significant disparity in global energy usage, with 91% of global electricity being used...

A research study conducted by GoCompare Energy has revealed a significant disparity in global energy usage, with 91% of global electricity being used by just 20 countries.

Despite there being 196 countries across the globe, the majority of electricity is used by a select few countries.

The worst culprit is China, closely followed by the US, with the two-combined contributing as much as 43% to global energy usage between them.

The top five consumer’s of the world’s electricity in Terrawatt-hours (Twh):

  1. China – 4,931 Twh (24%)
  2. United States – 3,848 Twh (19%)
  3. India – 1,027 Twh (5%)
  4. Japan – 921 Twh (5%)
  5. Russia – 870 Twh (4%)

However, despite China being the largest culprit, this can generally be attributed to its size, with approximately 1.4bn citizens.

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Per-person, Canada is the worst culprit for energy usage, with China not featuring in the top five, however as much as 62.7% of this is considered renewable energy. Furthermore, looking at energy usage per sq km, Taiwan uses 31 times more energy than any other country.

Terawatt-hours per million people:

  1. Canada – 13.75
  2. United States – 11.97
  3. Taiwan – 9.99
  4. Australia – 9.25
  5. Saudi Arabia – 9.16

“Seeing the stark difference between actual country size and country size if based on electrical consumption is definitely eye opening,” said GoCompare Energy’s Ben Wilson in response to the statistics.

“Of course, some can be put down to the area of land which is actually populated, such as Australia, but others can be attributed to the predominant industry within that country, such as Taiwan’s reliance on heavy industry including crude oil processing.”

The research reveals that there is still a long way to go for many countries on the road to sustainability, something that the Paris Agreements have committed a great number of countries towards in the coming decades. 

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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