tera·watt | \ˈter-ə-ˌwät \

Definition of terawatt 

: a unit of power equal to one trillion watts

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This future scenario also includes electric vehicle (EV) growth. BNEF forecasts that EVs will add 3,461 terawatt-hours of electricity demand around the world by 2050. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: World trending to hit 50% renewables, 11% coal by 2050," 20 June 2018 Together, the four nuclear plants produced 40 terawatt-hours of energy in 2017 — more energy than was produced by PJM’s entire fleet of wind and solar plants (30 TWh). David Roberts, Vox, "The simple argument for keeping nuclear power plants open," 5 Apr. 2018 Humans used over 20,000 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2016 alone, and building enough solar plants and wind farms to produce that much energy is a Herculean task. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Planned Solar Farm Would Be Hundreds of Times Bigger Than World's Current Largest," 4 Apr. 2018 The report notes as of Tuesday, electricity consumption from Bitcoin rose to a record high of 47.4 terawatt-hours, citing the Digiconomist bitcoin analysis blog. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Democratic senators demand Pruitt recuse himself from rewriting Clean Power Plan," 7 Feb. 2018 Miners of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could require up to 140 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2018, about 0.6 percent of the global total. Joanna Ossinger, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 11 Jan. 2018 The bank’s analysts forecast that Bitcoin mining could use up more than 125 terawatt hours of electricity this year, a level electric vehicles globally won’t reach until 2025. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Bitcoin Consumes 30 Times More Electricity than Tesla Cars," 11 Jan. 2018 Britain will need to add 52 terawatt-hours of power capacity between now and 2040, or 16 percent of what’s available now, to meet extra demand thanks to electric vehicles, according to data from Barclays Plc and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg.com, "Fast, Dirty Natural Gas Plants Get Boost From Electric Cars," 14 Aug. 2017 The lingering winter weather means that there’s as much as 100 terawatt-hours of water left to melt, according to Nena. Jesper Starn, Bloomberg.com, "Record Cold Nights Cause Spring Pinch for Nordic Power," 11 May 2017

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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