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Why the world needs more watts

Shining light on the factors that drive electricity demand and the fuels that satisfy it.


Economic growth sparks global electricity demand.

Evolutions in technology and the rise of developing nations lead to an increase in the number of factories, homes and buildings — driving a 60 percent growth in global electricity demand.

Many energy sources will help meet demand, but the spotlight is on less carbon intensive sources.

85% of electricity demand growth will come from non-OECD

As developing nations prosper, more people are moving from rural areas to modern cities and gaining access to electricity.

Powering the world responsibly.

Due to strong demand for power, more energy will be required to make electricity in 2040 than today. However, the rise of energy sources like natural gas, wind, solar and nuclear will help keep emissions low while still meeting the world’s electricity needs.