Top Energy Producers and Consumers

The United States produces the most energy in the world, but it also uses the most—though China, the world’s second-largest energy consumer, is biting at our heels. Here's a look at the world's top 10 energy consumers and producers.

Producers

In 2006, total world Btu production was 469 quadrillion Btus. "Btu" is the abbreviation for British thermal unit. One Btu is nearly equal to the amount of energy released when a wood match is burned.

Country Btus produced*
United States 71 quadrillion Btu
China 67.7 quadrillion Btu
Russia 53.3 quadrillion Btu
Saudi Arabia 24.7 quadrillion Btu
Canada 19.3 quadrillion Btu
Iran 13.1 quadrillion Btu
*“Btu” is the abbreviation for British thermal unit. One Btu is nearly equal to the amount of energy released when a wood match is burned
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Consumers

Country Percent of World Energy Consumed
United States 21%
China 16
Russia 6
Japan 5
India 4
Germany 3
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

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U.S. Energy Sources Energy U.S. Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2002–2006 (Quadrillion Btu)