How Energy Offerings Differ Around the World

In the developed world, electricity is widely depended on. Remember the Northeast blackout of 2003? Widespread power outages happened in the northeastern US and parts of the Midwest. It even extended into the Canadian province of Ontario. In some areas, the power wasn’t restored for two whole weeks.

In the developed world, energy is relied on so much that when it is disrupted entire cities shut down. Business can’t go on as usual because businesses rely on energy to operate. And yet, in less developed countries fewer than 1 in 10 people have electricity.

They somehow make do without it. Although communities in the third world have less access to energy, every nation in the world utilizes it in some form or another. Some depend on nonrenewable resources, such as coal and oil; whilst others depend on renewable resources, such as wind or water. Most developed nations use a combination of both nonrenewable and renewable resources.

Here’s some fast energy facts:

  • Out of 75 developed nations, Japan is regarded as the most energy-efficient.  
  • Denmark and Switzerland round out the top three of most energy-efficient nations.
  • The three biggest consumers of energy are China, USA, and Russia.
  • Although China consumes the most energy overall, the USA consumes the most domestic energy overall.

Now, let’s take a look at energy usage by some of the most developed countries in the world. 100 percent of the populations of the UK, China, Canada, and USA have access to energy. These nations all accumulate the energy for their country’s population in a variety of ways, but one thing remains certain: the citizens of China and the USA could do more to improve energy consumption (meaning they could work a little harder to be green).  


The USA could learn a great deal from our neighbors to the north. They’re very energy-efficient, and 61 percent of energy production comes from hydroelectricity, a renewable resource. Canada currently ranks number one in the world for the cleanest energy system. Canadians have choices when it comes to the cost of their power and how it’s delivered. For more information about that, check out this website.


The average domestic consumer is driven by technology. American households run multiple electronic devices and high-end household appliances. In 2012, it was estimated the average citizen consumes 12,000 kilowatts an hour. That’s too much, but the EPA and Energy Star are consistently encouraging citizens to lower their consumption, which is a good thing.

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United Kingdom

In the UK, energy consumption is spread over multiple sources to prevent over-reliance a single source. 75 percent of the UK’s energy is fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas. 16 percent comes from nuclear energy, which is slowly being discontinued. The UK is aiming to expand its renewable energy resources, such as energy from wind, waves, biomass, and solar. Currently, only 17 percent of energy comes from renewable sources, but the country is aiming to increase that to 30 percent by 2025.  


China’s demand for energy only began to grow in 1978 after its economy began to develop. China’s largest energy sources are coal and oil. China’s great reliance on coal has reduced the energy efficiency of the nation, making it much less eco-friendly than other nations.

The heavy dependence on coal has led to severe pollution in many parts of the country. China’s approach to obtaining energy is quite the opposite of countries who strive for clean energy. In fact, they’re the least energy efficient of all the developed nations. Hopefully, China will take a lesson from other developed countries, such as Canada and Japan, and start focusing on more renewable energy sources. 

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