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Top Energy Producers and Consumers

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.

Country Btus produced*
China 79.1 quadrillion Btu
United States 73.4 quadrillion Btu
Russia 54.1 quadrillion Btu
Saudi Arabia 25.2 quadrillion Btu
Canada 19.1 quadrillion Btu
Iran 13.4 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

Country Percent of World Energy Consumed
United States 20%
China 17
Russia 6.2
Japan 4.5
India 4.1
Germany 2.9
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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