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Electricity in Aruba in 2022

Global Ranking: #114
15.3% #141 Low-carbon electricity
1050.02 watts #23 Generation / person
556.78 gCO2eq/kWh #162 Carbon Intensity

Aruba's electricity consumption in 2022 was heavily dependent on fossil fuels, with close to 85% of its electricity being generated from fossil sources. The remainder of the country's electricity came from low-carbon energy sources, accounting for about 15%. Within this low-carbon segment, the majority was generated by wind, contributing almost 14%, and solar energy, contributing a little over 1%. The reliance on fossil fuels signifies that Aruba has substantial room for improvement in adopting cleaner, more sustainable energy sources.

Suggestions

To increase its low-carbon electricity generation, Aruba can significantly expand its existing wind energy infrastructure, which has already proven to be a substantial contributor to the country's clean electricity. By looking at successful examples from other countries, Aruba can adopt strategies that have worked elsewhere. For instance, Denmark generates over half of its electricity from wind, showing the potential of this technology. Similarly, Uruguay produces about 35% of its electricity from wind. Expanding its wind capacity could help Aruba achieve similar success. Additionally, although no nuclear electricity is currently generated in Aruba, exploring nuclear energy could provide a steady, low-carbon electricity supply, as demonstrated by countries like France, where nuclear power constitutes about 65% of its electricity mix.

History

The history of low-carbon electricity in Aruba highlights a focus on wind energy in the past decades, starting with 2009 when wind energy contributed to the grid, though initially minimal. A marked increase occurred in 2010 with a 0.1 TWh contribution from wind. From 2011 to 2021, however, the data shows minimal to zero yearly increases in both wind and solar energy, indicating a slow progression. This stagnation could be due to various factors, but the takeaway is that Aruba needs to reinvigorate its efforts in expanding clean energy sources to achieve a greener future. By leveraging both wind and solar, and considering the adoption of nuclear energy, Aruba can make significant strides in reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and combating climate change.

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Data Sources

The the data source is Ember.
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