“China is now the largest energy consumer by our definition,” the executive director of the Paris-based IEA, Nobuo Tanaka, told an industry conference.
“Probably half of the oil demand increase comes from China. Nobody knows when it (will) slow down.”
China’s electricity generation is increasing at 5.2% per year and the US at about 1%. Electricity generation wise China should pass the US in 2011.
Of course, per capita energy consumption is much lower.