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Energy > Electricity Stats: compare key data on France & United States

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  • Consumption: Total electricity consumed annually plus imports and minus exports, expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution.
  • Consumption > Per capita: Total electricity consumed annually plus imports and minus exports, expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Consumption per capita: Total electricity consumed annually plus imports and minus exports, expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • From nuclear fuels: This entry measures the capacity of plants that generate electricity through radioactive decay of nuclear fuel, expressed as a share of the country's total generating capacity.
  • From other renewable sources: This entry measures the capacity of plants that generate electricity by using renewable energy sources other than hydroelectric (including, for example, wind, waves, solar, and geothermal), expressed as a share of the country's total generating capacity.
  • Installed generating capacity: This entry is the total capacity of currently installed generators, expressed in kilowatts (kW), to produce electricity. A 10-kilowatt (kW) generator will produce 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, if it runs continuously for one hour.
  • Installed generating capacity per thousand people: This entry is the total capacity of currently installed generators, expressed in kilowatts (kW), to produce electricity. A 10-kilowatt (kW) generator will produce 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, if it runs continuously for one hour. Figures expressed per thousand people for the same year.
  • Production: The annual electricity generated expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution.
  • Production > KWh: Electricity production is measured at the terminals of all alternator sets in a station. In addition to hydropower, coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power generation, it covers generation by geothermal, solar, wind, and tide and wave energy, as well as that from combustible renewables and waste. Production includes the output of electricity plants that are designed to produce electricity only as well as that of combined heat and power plants."
  • Production > KWh > Per capita: Electricity production is measured at the terminals of all alternator sets in a station. In addition to hydropower, coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power generation, it covers generation by geothermal, solar, wind, and tide and wave energy, as well as that from combustible renewables and waste. Production includes the output of electricity plants that are designed to produce electricity only as well as that of combined heat and power plants." Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Production > Per capita: The annual electricity generated expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Production by source > Nuclear: The percentage share of electricity generated from each energy source. These are fossil fuel, hydro, nuclear, and other (solar, geothermal, and wind).
  • Production per capita: The annual electricity generated expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • From fossil fuels: This entry measures the capacity of plants that generate electricity by burning fossil fuels (such as coal, petroleum products, and natural gas), expressed as a share of the country's total generating capacity.
  • Production by source > Fossil fuel: The percentage share of electricity generated from each energy source. These are fossil fuel, hydro, nuclear, and other (solar, geothermal, and wind).
  • Production from hydroelectric sources > Kwh per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Hydropower refers to electricity produced by hydroelectric power plants. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • Production from hydroelectric sources > Kwh: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Hydropower refers to electricity produced by hydroelectric power plants.
  • Production by source > Hydro: The percentage share of electricity generated from each energy source. These are fossil fuel, hydro, nuclear, and other (solar, geothermal, and wind).
  • Production from natural gas sources > Kwh per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Gas refers to natural gas but excludes natural gas liquids. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • Production from coal sources > Kwh: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Coal refers to all coal and brown coal, both primary (including hard coal and lignite-brown coal) and derived fuels (including patent fuel, coke oven coke, gas coke, coke oven gas, and blast furnace gas). Peat is also included in this category.
  • Production from natural gas sources > % of total: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Gas refers to natural gas but excludes natural gas liquids.
  • Production from natural gas sources > Kwh: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Gas refers to natural gas but excludes natural gas liquids.
  • Production from oil sources > Kwh: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Oil refers to crude oil and petroleum products.
  • Production by source > Other: The percentage share of electricity generated from each energy source. These are fossil fuel, hydro, nuclear, and other (solar, geothermal, and wind).
  • Production from coal sources > % of total: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Coal refers to all coal and brown coal, both primary (including hard coal and lignite-brown coal) and derived fuels (including patent fuel, coke oven coke, gas coke, coke oven gas, and blast furnace gas). Peat is also included in this category.
  • Imports per capita: . Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • Production from nuclear sources > % of total: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Nuclear power refers to electricity produced by nuclear power plants.
  • Production from oil sources > % of total: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Oil refers to crude oil and petroleum products.
  • Production from coal sources > Kwh > Per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Coal refers to all coal and brown coal, both primary (including hard coal and lignite-brown coal) and derived fuels (including patent fuel, coke oven coke, gas coke, coke oven gas, and blast furnace gas). Peat is also included in this category. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Production from nuclear sources > Kwh > Per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Nuclear power refers to electricity produced by nuclear power plants. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Production from natural gas sources > Kwh > Per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Gas refers to natural gas but excludes natural gas liquids. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Production from hydroelectric sources > Kwh > Per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Hydropower refers to electricity produced by hydroelectric power plants. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Production from oil sources > Kwh > Per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Oil refers to crude oil and petroleum products. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Exports per capita: . Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • Production from hydroelectric sources > % of total: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Hydropower refers to electricity produced by hydroelectric power plants.
  • Production from coal sources > Kwh per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Coal refers to all coal and brown coal, both primary (including hard coal and lignite-brown coal) and derived fuels (including patent fuel, coke oven coke, gas coke, coke oven gas, and blast furnace gas). Peat is also included in this category. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • Production from oil sources > Kwh per capita: Sources of electricity refer to the inputs used to generate electricity. Oil refers to crude oil and petroleum products. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • From hydroelectric plants: This entry measures the capacity of plants that generate electricity by water-driven turbines, expressed as a share of the country's total generating capacity.
STAT France United States HISTORY
Consumption 471 billion kWh
Ranked 5th.
3.89 trillion kWh
Ranked 1st. 8 times more than France

Consumption > Per capita 7,328.28 kWh per capita
Ranked 24th.
12,747.49 kWh per capita
Ranked 3rd. 74% more than France

Consumption per capita 6,986.13 kWh
Ranked 19th.
12,736.19 kWh
Ranked 3rd. 82% more than France

Exports 56.69 billion kWh
Ranked 3rd. 5 times more than United States
12 billion kWh
Ranked 15th.

From nuclear fuels 50.8% of total installed capacity
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than United States
9.7% of total installed capacity
Ranked 15th.
From other renewable sources 6.9% of total installed capacity
Ranked 29th. 30% more than United States
5.3% of total installed capacity
Ranked 35th.
Imports 12.52 billion kWh
Ranked 12th.
59.26 billion kWh
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than France

Installed generating capacity 124.3 million kW
Ranked 6th.
1.04 billion kW
Ranked 1st. 8 times more than France
Installed generating capacity per thousand people 1,911.39 kW
Ranked 31st.
3,358.91 kW
Ranked 9th. 76% more than France
Production 530.6 billion kWh
Ranked 8th.
4.1 trillion kWh
Ranked 2nd. 8 times more than France

Production > KWh 564.37 billion
Ranked 9th.
4.32 trillion
Ranked 1st. 8 times more than France

Production > KWh > Per capita 8,776.46 per capita
Ranked 14th.
13,553.55 per capita
Ranked 6th. 54% more than France

Production > Per capita 8,930.07 kWh per capita
Ranked 17th.
13,527.54 kWh per capita
Ranked 3rd. 51% more than France

Production by source > Nuclear 77.1%
Ranked 2nd. 4 times more than United States
20.7%
Ranked 19th.
Production per capita 8,403.04 kWh
Ranked 21st.
13,515.56 kWh
Ranked 3rd. 61% more than France

From fossil fuels 22.1% of total installed capacity
Ranked 165th.
75.3% of total installed capacity
Ranked 90th. 3 times more than France
Production by source > Fossil fuel 8.2%
Ranked 191st.
71.4%
Ranked 114th. 9 times more than France
Production from hydroelectric sources > Kwh per capita 952.31 kWh
Ranked 25th. 3% more than United States
925.93 kWh
Ranked 28th.

Production from hydroelectric sources > Kwh 59.71 billion kWh
Ranked 11th.
271.12 billion kWh
Ranked 4th. 5 times more than France

Consumption > Date of > Information 2003 2003
Production by source > Hydro 14%
Ranked 101st. 3 times more than United States
5.6%
Ranked 120th.
Production from natural gas sources > Kwh per capita 292.7 kWh
Ranked 61st.
2,498.42 kWh
Ranked 16th. 9 times more than France

Production from coal sources > Kwh 28.61 billion kWh
Ranked 22nd.
2.09 trillion kWh
Ranked 1st. 73 times more than France

Production from natural gas sources > % of total 3.24%
Ranked 79th.
17.64%
Ranked 55th. 5 times more than France

Production from natural gas sources > Kwh 18.35 billion kWh
Ranked 33th.
731.55 billion kWh
Ranked 1st. 40 times more than France

Production from oil sources > Kwh 5.86 billion kWh
Ranked 34th.
139.13 billion kWh
Ranked 1st. 24 times more than France

Production by source > Other 0.7%
Ranked 42nd.
2.3%
Ranked 24th. 3 times more than France
Production from coal sources > % of total 5.04%
Ranked 52nd.
50.4%
Ranked 16th. 10 times more than France

Imports per capita 165.91 kWh
Ranked 24th.
187.51 kWh
Ranked 23th. 13% more than France

Production from nuclear sources > % of total 79.05%
Ranked 2nd. 4 times more than United States
19.61%
Ranked 19th.

Production from oil sources > % of total 1.03%
Ranked 98th.
3.35%
Ranked 72nd. 3 times more than France

Production from coal sources > Kwh > Per capita 472.68 kWh per capita
Ranked 40th.
7,118.73 kWh per capita
Ranked 2nd. 15 times more than France

Production from nuclear sources > Kwh > Per capita 7,406.35 kWh per capita
Ranked 2nd. 3 times more than United States
2,769.71 kWh per capita
Ranked 9th.

Production from natural gas sources > Kwh > Per capita 303.25 kWh per capita
Ranked 61st.
2,491.19 kWh per capita
Ranked 16th. 8 times more than France

Production from hydroelectric sources > Kwh > Per capita 986.63 kWh per capita
Ranked 25th. 7% more than United States
923.25 kWh per capita
Ranked 27th.

Production from oil sources > Kwh > Per capita 96.74 kWh per capita
Ranked 69th.
473.78 kWh per capita
Ranked 28th. 5 times more than France

Exports per capita 911.74 kWh
Ranked 11th. 12 times more than United States
79.19 kWh
Ranked 22nd.

Production from hydroelectric sources > % of total 10.53%
Ranked 77th. 61% more than United States
6.54%
Ranked 85th.

Production from coal sources > Kwh per capita 456.24 kWh
Ranked 40th.
7,139.4 kWh
Ranked 2nd. 16 times more than France

Production from oil sources > Kwh per capita 93.38 kWh
Ranked 68th.
475.15 kWh
Ranked 27th. 5 times more than France

From hydroelectric plants 14.7% of total installed capacity
Ranked 90th. 93% more than United States
7.6% of total installed capacity
Ranked 104th.

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; International Energy Agency (IEA Statistics \xA9 OECD/IEA, http://www.iea.org/stats/index.asp), Energy Statistics and Balances of Non-OECD Countries, Energy Statistics of OECD Countries, and Energy Balances of OECD Countries.; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; World Development Indicators database. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; World Development Indicators database; Wikipedia: List of countries by electricity consumption

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