Top Energy Producers and Consumers, 2008

For the first time, in 2008, China took top billing as the world's largest energy producer. The United States, meanwhile, has the dubious honor of being the biggest consumer. Here's a look at the world's top 10 energy consumers and producers.

Producers

In 2008, total world Btu production was 491 quadrillion Btus. "Btu" is the abbreviation for British thermal unit. One Btu is nearly equal to the amount of energy released when a wood match is burned.

CountryBtus produced*
China79.1 quadrillion Btu
United States73.4 quadrillion Btu
Russia54.1 quadrillion Btu
Saudi Arabia25.2 quadrillion Btu
Canada19.1 quadrillion Btu
Iran13.4 quadrillion Btu
*"Btu" is the abbreviation for British thermal unit. One Btu is nearly equal to the amount of energy released when a wood match is burned
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Consumers

CountryPercent of World Energy Consumed
United States20%
China17
Russia6.2
Japan4.5
India4.1
Germany2.9
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

U.S. Energy SourcesEnergyU.S. Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2002-2006 (Quadrillion Btu)

 

 
 
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