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Metadata Glossary

Indicator NameElectric power consumption (kWh per capita)
Long definitionElectric power consumption measures the production of power plants and combined heat and power plants less transmission, distribution, and transformation losses and own use by heat and power plants.
SourceIEA Statistics © OECD/IEA 2014 (, subject to
TopicEnvironment: Energy production & use
Aggregation methodWeighted average
Limitations and exceptionsData on electric power production and consumption are collected from national energy agencies by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and adjusted by the IEA to meet international definitions. Data are reported as net consumption as opposed to gross consumption. Net consumption excludes the energy consumed by the generating units. For all countries except the United States, total electric power consumption is equal total net electricity generation plus electricity imports minus electricity exports minus electricity distribution losses. The IEA makes these estimates in consultation with national statistical offices, oil companies, electric utilities, and national energy experts. The IEA occasionally revises its time series to reflect political changes, and energy statistics undergo continual changes in coverage or methodology as more detailed energy accounts become available. Breaks in series are therefore unavoidable.
General commentsRestricted use: Please contact the International Energy Agency for third-party use of these data.
License TypeUse and distribution of these data are subject to IEA terms and conditions.