India ranks fifth among top 15 electricity producers
Among the top 15 electricity producers in the world, India ranks fifth with an installed capacity of over 152 gigawatts. According to the latest figures available, the country produced 787,546,450,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2008, which is about 4 percent of the total power generation in the world. Only four other countries produce more electricity than India.The U.S. tops the list with a production of 4,110,259,050,000 kilowatt hours of power in 2008. The country is also the world’s largest consumer of electricity. In 2007, it consumed 3,872,598,000 megawatt hours of electricity.
The U.S. is followed by China with a total electricity production of 3,221,798,270,000 kilowatt hours in 2008. Even in power consumption, China ranks second in the world. In 2009, it consumed 3,650,600,000 gigawatt hours of electricity. At 277 watts, its per capita power consumption is almost five times that of India.
While Japan is in the third place with a production of 1,009,445,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2008, Russia is the world’s fourth largest producer of electricity with a production of 982,998,790,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2008.
Russians consume 840,380,000 gigawatt hours of electricity making them the fourth highest users of power. On the other hand, Japan’s total electricity consumption in 2008 was 1,007,067,000 gigawatt hours.
The other countries that are there in the list include Canada, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea, UK, Italy, Spain, Australia and Maxico.
Despite the fact that India has the fifth largest electricity-generation capacity in the world, the country is still facing major power crisis. While most of the Indian villages do not have electricity, all most all Indian cities suffer daily power cuts.
Although India is the world’s fifth largest consumer of electricity, the country has amongst the lower per capita power consumption rates in the world. Only Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Congo, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sudan, Cameroon, Nepal, and some other sub-Saharan countries have lower power consumption than India.