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Expanded Energy Data Now in The World Factbook

For the first time since 1997, The World Factbook has added a major new category to each country’s entry: Energy.

The energy sector is a key pillar of the world economy, and The World Factbook entries already included several energy-related fields. Now, the new energy category will include 23 energy-related fields, helpfully located in one easy-to-find section of each country entry.


  • There are now five new measures for Installed Electricity Generating Capacity, the total amount of electricity that a country can produce. They include total capacity (measured in kilowatts) and a percentage breakdown of the four main sources of that capacity: fossil fuel plants, nuclear plants, hydroelectric plants, and renewable fuel sources, such as solar and wind.
  • In the oil sector, previously combined data is now broken out to show separate measures for crude oil (production, exports, imports, and proven reserves) and refined petroleum products (production, consumption, exports, and imports).
  • Finally, a new field for "Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy" provides the total output of carbon dioxide from the consumption of all fuels. This provides insight into the environmental impact of energy use in a given country.

The World Factbook now has 10 categories of data for each country entry: Introduction, Geography, People and Society, Government, Economy, Energy, Communications, Transportation, Military and Transnational Issues.

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Posted: Oct 19, 2012 08:09 AM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 01:03 PM