- Dec 26, 2009
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For the first time in more than a century, a country other than the United States consumed more energy than any other nation, as China grabbed the top spot last year.
Citing data from the International Energy Agency, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that China was the world's most voracious consumer of energy in 2009.
China consumed 2,252 million tonnes of "oil equivalent" last year, topping the U.S. tally of 2,170 tonnes by roughly four per cent.
Oil equivalent is the term the IEA uses to bring all forms of energy into a comparable form, including crude oil, nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydroelectricity, wind and solar power.
CBC News - World - China passes U.S. as top energy consumer