Poodwaddle Earth Clock/ElectricityPerhaps oil turns your car's wheels but it is electricity that turns your home on. Electric power can be produced from coal, oil, solar, wind, water, or nuclear energy.
Renewable energy (excluding hydroelectric) accounts for just 4.2% of electricity production worldwide. Despite all the hype, renewables can be credited for less than 5% in the US. Hydroelectric power generation, the granddaddy of renewables, produces 15.6% of all electricity. Nuclear power plants produce almost 12%. In France about 80% of power comes from nuclear. Worldwide 41% of electricity comes from coal (43% in the US). China, which produces 4,715.7 TWh each year, makes 79% of all electricity in poorly regulated coal burning plants.
These stats come from reports by the World Bank.