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Electricity in Barbados in 2021

Global Ranking: #111
7.5% #160 Low-carbon electricity
434.37 watts #85 Generation / person
609.39 gCO2eq/kWh #176 Carbon Intensity

In 2021, Barbados's electricity supply was predominantly fueled by fossil energies, which made up 92.52% of their total generation. On the other hand, low-carbon energies accounted for a mere 7.48% of the island's electricity, in which the entire share was made up of solar energy. Simply put, over nine-tenths of electricity was derived from non-sustainable, high-carbon sources, whilst less than a tenth came from cleaner solar energy.


Looking at other countries, particularly those with conditions similar to Barbados, there is a distinct possibility for the island to significantly increase its low-carbon electricity supply. Denmark, Uruguay, and Ireland, for instance, all utilize wind energy - a low-carbon energy source appropriate to the island's geographical situation - at rates of 59%, 40%, and 35%, respectively. Portugal and Greece which are key solar energy producers due to their sunny climates, much like Barbados, generate 22% and 19% of their electricity supply from solar energy respectively. Barbados could take a leaf out of these nations' books and make a concerted effort to broaden its low-carbon electricity generation.


Regarding the history of low-carbon electricity in Barbados, up until recently, there has been minimal progression towards green energy. From 2014 through to 2021, the electricity generated by solar energy remained unchanged at digressively low levels. This implies that despite the availability of solar energy sources, the country made no advances in this regard for almost a decade. This leaves ample room for improvement and provides a clear indication that efforts should be increased to diversify the island's electricity supply and make it more sustainable. An expansion of solar electricity generation could hold immense potential, considering the climatic conditions of Barbados.

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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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