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Electricity in Cook Islands in 2022

Global Ranking: #62
50.0% #74 Low-carbon electricity
30.43 % #97 Electrification
268.16 watts #114 Generation / person
350.00 gCO2eq/kWh #85 Carbon Intensity

In the Cook Islands, electricity consumption in 2022 is predominantly reliant on fossil fuels, with more than half of its electricity generated from non-renewable sources. However, there are notable efforts towards low-carbon energy, primarily in the form of solar power, which contributes almost a third of the electricity. The total electricity generation per person is significantly below the global average of 432 watts/person. This lower level of generation can have various effects, including slowed economic growth, limited access to modern amenities, and potential barriers to improving public services such as health and education.


To increase their low-carbon electricity generation, the Cook Islands can capitalize on their existing solar infrastructure. Given that solar energy is already a significant contributor, expanding solar farms and investing in newer, more efficient technologies could yield substantial results. Additionally, the Cook Islands can look at successful examples from other regions. Countries like India and Vietnam have made significant strides with solar power, generating 113 TWh and 25 TWh respectively. Moreover, the consistent growth in wind energy in countries like Brazil (96 TWh) and Spain (64 TWh) can provide valuable insights and strategies for harnessing wind energy in the Cook Islands.


The history of low-carbon electricity in the Cook Islands has seen little to no change over the past few years. From 2017 through 2022, solar power generation has remained static, with zero increases each year. Although the Cook Islands began utilizing solar energy, there has been a lack of progressive steps toward enhancing this capacity. There's a clear need to invigorate the focus on renewable energy sources, particularly solar, to ensure sustainable growth and reduce dependence on fossil fuels moving forward.

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The the data source is Ember.
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