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Electricity in Bahamas in 2021

Global Ranking: #201
0.0% #201 Low-carbon electricity
593.28 watts #61 Generation / person
655.00 gCO2eq/kWh #194 Carbon Intensity

Based on the recent data for the year 2021, it is clear that the Bahamas exclusively depends on fossil fuels for their electricity generation needs. There is an evident absence of low-carbon energy sources, marking a stark contrast to global efforts aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and mitigating climate change. The 100% reliance on fossil fuels states that the Bahamas' current energy strategy seemingly pays little consideration to the dire need for clean and low-carbon electricity generation practices.

Suggestions

As an island nation surrounded by vast oceanic resources, the Bahamas can draw inspiration from countries such as Denmark and Ireland which generate more than a third of their electricity from wind power. It can also consider emulating Uruguay, one of the leading countries in wind power usage, producing 41% of its electricity from wind. The Bahamas’ geographical location also avails ample sunlight which can be harnessed for solar power. Countries such as Chile and Australia are successfully generating a significant amount of electricity using solar, 20% and 18% respectively, thereby offering a viable model for the Bahamas to follow. Additionally, while nuclear energy could potentially deliver a high percentage of low-carbon electricity, as seen in France and Slovakia with 66% and 61% respectively, it may require a more considered approach in an island context given infrastructural and waste disposal challenges.

History

There is an absence of historical data for low-carbon electricity generation in the Bahamas which appears to highlight the lack of meaningful pursuit in exploring, initiating, and implementing low-carbon energy sources over the years. This fact underscores the necessity for initiating immediate measures to shift away from the country's complete dependency on fossil fuels. A paradigm change in energy policy is crucial at this juncture to secure a sustainable and resilient future for the Bahamas.

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 2021 the data source is Ember.
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