Monthly electricity production and trade data for all OECD member countries and electricity production data for a selection of other economies
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IEA (2022), Monthly Electricity Statistics, IEA, Paris https://www.iea.org/data-and-statistics/data-tools/monthly-electricity-statistics
In the OECD, total net electricity production was 972.9 TWh in August 2022, relatively unchanged (+0.6% y-o-y1) compared to August 2021.
Electricity production from renewable sources increased by 2.4% y-o-y at 282.6 TWh. Lower electricity production from hydro (-0.4% y-o-y) and wind (-8.6% y-o-y) was compensated by strong solar power output, which grew by 23.4% y-o-y at 63.9 TWh. Overall, the share of renewables in the OECD electricity mix settled at 29.0%.
Nuclear electricity production dropped by 7.7% y-o-y at 144.1 TWh, confirming the trend observed during previous months. This decrease was mainly driven by OECD Europe (-22.0% y-o-y), followed by the OECD Americas (-1.1% y-o-y) and it was only partly mitigated by increased production in OECD Asia-Oceania (+9.8% y-o-y).
Electricity production from combustible fuels amounted to 572.6 TWh, up by 2.5% or 14.0 TWh compared to the same month last year. Generation from natural gas continued the upward trend (+8.9% y-o-y), with increases registered across all OECD regions, while coal power production dropped by 6.0% y-o-y, driven by a sharp decrease in the OECD Americas. Overall, the share of combustible fuels in the OECD electricity mix was 58.9%.
In the OECD Americas, total net electricity production was 524.5 TWh in August 2022, registering a slight increase (+0.6%) compared to the same month last year. Electricity production from combustible fuels remained steady (-1.2% y-o-y), as higher output from natural gas power plants (+7.2% y-o-y) were offset by lower production from coal (-15.0% y-o-y). Electricity output from renewable sources increased to 129.7 TWh (+8.0% y-o-y) taking the renewables share to 24.7% of the total electricity mix. Hydro and solar power production contributed to this growth with a 13.1% and 17.2% year-on-year increase respectively.
In the United States, total net electricity production settled at 423.9 TWh in August 2022 and remained mostly unchanged compared to the same period in 2021 (-0.1% y-o-y). Electricity generation from coal dropped to 88.8 TWh (-16.4% y-o-y), amounting to 20.9% of total electricity output. Conversely, electricity generation from natural gas, increased by +9.5% y-o-y at 186.4 TWh, prevailing as the main fuel source in the electricity mix with a share of 44%. In the same period, wind production decreased by 7.3% y-o-y at 24.3 TWh, while solar production and hydro marked a significant rise, by 20.0% y-o-y and 7.4 % y-o-y respectively.
In Colombia, electricity production from renewable sources amounted to 5.7 TWh in August 2022, representing the highest share (79.3%) in the electricity mix. Hydropower is the main contributor with a total production of 5.5 TWh, corresponding to 5.3% increase on a year-over-year basis. Whilst wind and solar power production is not yet competitive; both contributed to the upward trend, with 100% and 82% increase respectively. With a higher generation from renewables, reliance on natural gas and coal-fired generators decreased by 0.6 and 36.9% each.
In OECD Asia Oceania, total net electricity production was 173.9 TWh in August 2022, representing an increase of 3.2% compared to the same month last year. This increase was led by higher production from renewable sources (+10.1% y-o-y) and from nuclear power (+9.8% y-o-y).
In Australia, production from fossil fuels remained stable in August 2022 (-0.5% y-o-y), as production increase from natural gas (+8.6% y-o-y) displaced production from coal (-3.8% y-o-y). The share of coal in the electricity mix of Australia has been steadily decreasing in the last years, and in 2022 has been consistently under 50%.
In OECD Europe, total net electricity amounted to 274.5 TWh in August 2022, down by 1.0% compared to August 2021. Higher production from combustible fuels (+14.6% y-o-y) could not compensate the strong decline in electricity production from nuclear (-22.0% y-o-y) and renewable sources (-5.4%). The drop in renewables was mainly driven by hydro production reflecting falls seen in most of the European countries due to drought conditions. Lower stored water volume has had strong impacts on both hydropower generation and cooling systems of other power plants.
In Italy, total net electricity production slightly decreased by 0.8% y-o-y, amounting to 23.2 TWh in August 2022. Production from combustible fuels, making 67.3% of the electricity mix, or 15.6 TWh, increased by 17.0% y-o-y, with all fossil fuel sources growing. Conversely, production from renewables decreased by 18.8% y-o-y. In particular, this trend was mainly driven by hydropower, which dropped by 42.2% y-o-y also due to the severe drought that hit the region.
In Germany, electricity production from fossil fuel sources amounted to 51.3% of the total output in August 2022, renewable sources to 41.7% and nuclear output to 6.9%. Continuing its downward trend, nuclear production decreased by 49.3% y-o-y, following the nuclear phase-out launched at the beginning of the year, while production from coal and natural gas increased by 34.6% y-o-y and 25.4% y-o-y respectively. In particular, coal-fired production amounted to 15.7 TWh, representing 36.8% of the total electricity output, also driven by the recent reactivation of some out-of-service coal plants to face energy supply constraints.
In India, hydropower production grew by 10.2% y-o-y at 24.8 TWh in August 2022, due to heavy rainfall in the country throughout the month. Solar power production was also strong at 7.2 TWh, up by +30.9% compared to the same month last year. These two renewable technologies compensated for lower wind electricity production (-10.9% y-o-y) and pushed the share of total renewable electricity in the country up to a record high of 29.9%.
In Croatia, hydropower production was low at 255.0 GWh in August 2022, down by 31.3% or 116.3 GWh compared to August 2021. The share of hydropower production in the electricity mix fell to only 24.2%, a record-low for the country. Croatia, as many other European countries, has been indeed suffering from a severe drought, which has considerably hindered its hydropower capacity throughout summer months.
1. Year-on-year (y-o-y) change over corresponding month of previous year.