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Electricity in Aruba in 2021

Global Ranking: #66
16.1% #140 Low-carbon electricity
996.45 watts #22 Generation / person
551.49 gCO2eq/kWh #160 Carbon Intensity

Based on the data for the year 2021, fossil fuels remain the dominant source of electricity generation in Aruba, accounting for roughly 84% of the total. In contrast, low-carbon energy sources provide just over 16% of the electricity. The lion's share of this green energy comes from wind power, which contributes approximately 15%, while solar power lags far behind with a modest 1% share.

Suggestions

Aruba could boost its low-carbon electricity generation by tapping further into its existing wind power resources. Given that wind already plays a significant role in the island's electricity mix, the expansion of wind turbines could yield substantial increases in clean energy production. Lessons could be learned from countries like Denmark and Uruguay, where wind power makes up 59% and 41% of the electricity generation respectively. These countries have shown that a high dependence on wind energy is both feasible and beneficial.

History

The history of low-carbon electricity in Aruba shows a countinuous yet modest increase. The nation's journey into wind power began in 2009 with the generation of its initial electricity in this category. In 2010, wind electricity experienced a small increase in generation, but this level remained consistent in the following decade. The same trend is visible for solar energy, which started contributing to the electricity mix in 2014 without notable fluctuations in the subsequent years. It is clear that while Aruba has ventured into the arena of low-carbon power generation, the scale of this participation has remained relatively static thus far.

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Balance of Trade

Data Sources

The the data source is Ember.
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