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Top Energy Producers and Consumers

In 2008 China produced 7.6 quadrillion Btus more than its previous record high, surpassing the Unites States as the world's top energy producer. Though the United States was dethroned as the top engery producer, the country still leads in energy consumption. Here's a look at the world's top 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.

Country Btus produced*
China 79.1 quadrillion Btu
United States 73 quadrillion Btu
Russia 54 quadrillion Btu
Saudi Arabia 25.2 quadrillion Btu
Canada 19.1 quadrillion Btu
India 13.6 quadrillion Btu
Iran 13.3 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

Country Percent of World Energy Consumed
United States 20%
China 17
Russia 6
Japan 4
India 4
Germany 3
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Energy Sources Energy U.S. Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2002-2006 (Quadrillion Btu)
U.S. Energy Sources, 2006–2012 Energy U.S. Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2002–2012