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The region's electricity production amounted to about 2,600 terawatt hours in 2002. That is nearly four times the electricity produced in South Asia, more than three times the electricity produced in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly two-thirds of the electricity produced in the United States during the same period. China accounted for some 70 percent of the regional total.

Electricity is dominated by coal. In 2002, some 73 percent of the region's electricity was based on coal (60 percent of it in China) with oil and gas accounting for a little less than 10 percent each. The proportion of renewable energy sources is low, particularly given the region's unexploited hydropower potential.

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Right Arrow Icon Mitigating the Environmental Impact of Coal in China   



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