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IEA's Monthly Electricity Statistics

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The latest IEA's Monthly Electricity Statistics report including March 2020 data shows that for Total OECD:

  • In March 2020, total net production in the OECD was 850.0 TWh, 3.3% lower than in March 2019. Electricity production during the first quarter of 2020 was 2,645.0 TWh compared to 2,707.7 TWh during the same period in 2019.
  • Renewable electricity production was 286.5 TWh, up by 7.1% compared to March 2019. Renewables accounted for 33.7% of total electricity production. During the first three months of 2020, the share of renewable production increased by 10.7% compared to the same period last year and was 844.7 TWh.
  • Conventional thermal production was 433.7 TWh in March 2020, 7.9% lower than in March 2019 and 3.8% lower than in February 2020. Conventional thermal production was 1,390.7 TWh during the first quarter of 2020, 8.1% lower than during the same period last year. Coal production was 500.9 TWh over the first three months of 2020, 21.8% lower than over the same period in 2019.    

Since April 2020, the Monthly Electricity Statistics report includes a selection of 6 additional countries. These countries are Argentina, Brazil, China, Croatia, India and Romania. This addition to the report provides monthly electricity production data for the 6 countries, as well as previous annual data and year-to-date indicators.  

Highlight of the month:

 Net electricity production in OECD Europe was 297.3 TWh in March 2020. Renewables provided 142.0 TWh, or 47.7% of total electricity production. As a result of wetter than average conditions, hydro production was 59.1 TWh, 19.8% higher than in March 2019 and 11.1% higher than in February 2020, contributing to the increase in renewable production. In Norway, hydro production was 13.0 TWh, 24.2% higher than in March 2019 and 10.2% higher than in February 2020, as precipitation levels were above average in Western Norway. Hydro provided 91.4% of total electricity production, which increased by 26.0% compared to March 2019 to reach 14.2 TWh. As a result, electricity exports increased by 357.8% compared to March 2019, to reach 1,735.4 GWh in March 2020 compared to 379.0 GWh in March 2019. 

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