Charted: North American Energy Consumption

Aaron Foyer
The energy consumption of the United States and Canada

According to the International Energy Agency, the United States is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, consuming approximately 100 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2020. Canada, on the other hand, is a smaller energy consumer, with a consumption of around 9 quadrillion Btu in the same year.

The main difference in energy consumption between the two countries can be attributed to population size, as the United States has a much larger population than Canada. However, on a per capita basis, the United States still consumes more energy than Canada.

In terms of energy sources, both countries rely heavily on fossil fuels, particularly oil and natural gas. However, Canada has a higher percentage of its energy consumption coming from renewable sources, such as hydropower, wind, and solar energy, compared to the United States.

It’s also worth noting that both countries have implemented various energy efficiency measures in recent years, which have helped to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.