As of 2021, electricity consumption in Antigua & Barbuda is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, making up just over 94% of the total. The contribution of low-carbon energy sources to electricity generation is rather limited, accounting for just shy of 6% of the total consumption. Remarkably, the entire portion of this low carbon energy is produced by solar power. Importantly, Antigua & Barbuda is currently self-sufficient in its electricity generation, neither importing nor exporting electricity.
In an effort to increase the generation of low-carbon electricity, Antigua & Barbuda could draw inspiration from countries with similar climates and resources. By investing in their solar power infrastructure, they can step up their clean energy production, taking cues from countries like Chile and Yemen where solar energy makes up an impressive 17% of their electricity generation. Additionally, they can look at the likes of Denmark and Ireland known for their usage of wind energy, accounting for 52% and 33% of their power generation respectively. Although nuclear energy is a substantial contributor to low-carbon electricity in many countries, due to Antigua & Barbuda's limited size and resources, such an option might not be feasible.
Delving into the history of low-carbon electricity in Antigua & Barbuda reveals a recent but steady commitment to green energy. Data from 2015 to 2021 shows a consistent production of solar energy. Despite the numbers remaining relatively stable, it's important to acknowledge the constant contribution to the country's energy mix over these years. This showcases a promising start for Antigua & Barbuda's journey towards a greener electricity future, with the possibility of considering the expansion into other low-carbon energy sources like wind in the future.