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Electricity in Bahamas in 2022

Global Ranking: #213
0.0% #213 Low-carbon electricity
568.09 watts #67 Generation / person
655.00 gCO2eq/kWh #201 Carbon Intensity

Currently, the electricity consumption in the Bahamas is entirely dependent on fossil fuels, which account for 100% of the electricity generated. This complete reliance on fossil energy presents significant challenges, including high greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to fluctuating fuel prices. Moreover, the carbon footprint resulting from fossil-based electricity generation has severe implications for climate change and air pollution, which are particularly concerning for an island nation like the Bahamas that is already facing the impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

Suggestions

To transition towards a more sustainable and low-carbon electricity generation system, the Bahamas can learn from the successes of other countries. For instance, Denmark generates more than half of its electricity from wind, and Uruguay obtains almost a third of its electricity from this clean source. Solar power also shows promise, exemplified by Yemen, Chile, and Greece each generating around 20% of their electricity from solar. Emulating these approaches by investing in wind and solar energy could significantly reduce the Bahamas' dependence on fossil fuels. Additionally, exploring partnerships or technologies related to nuclear energy, as seen in countries like France (65% from nuclear) and Slovakia (62% from nuclear), could provide a stable and reliable source of low-carbon electricity.

History

In the history of low-carbon electricity generation in the Bahamas, no significant advancements or changes have been documented. Over the past few decades, the role of fossil fuels has remained dominant and unchallenged, with no recorded increases in the use of nuclear, wind, or solar technologies. This lack of diversification in the electricity mix underscores the importance of taking immediate action to explore and implement clean energy solutions. Without proactive measures, the country may continue to face the same environmental and economic drawbacks associated with fossil fuel dependency.

Electricity Imports and Exports

Balance of Trade

Data Sources

For the years 1980 to 1999 the data source is EIA.
For the years 2000 to 2022 the data source is Ember.
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