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Electricity in Curaçao in 2018

Global Ranking: #115
29.2% #110 Low-carbon electricity
535.14 watts #71 Generation / person
464.81 gCO2eq/kWh #120 Carbon Intensity

As of 2018, the electricity consumption in Curaçao is predominantly dependent on fossil fuels, with oil accounting for just over 70% of the total electricity generated. Meanwhile, low-carbon sources contributed approximately 29% to the island’s electricity supply, primarily driven by wind energy, which alone accounted for about 27%. Solar power contributed a modest 2%, demonstrating that while there is a foundation for clean energy, there is significant room for growth in this area.

Suggestions

To enhance low-carbon electricity generation, Curaçao can capitalize on its already existing wind power infrastructure, potentially expanding it based on models seen in successful countries. For instance, Denmark has managed to generate more than half of its electricity from wind, indicating the immense potential for wind energy in regions with favorable conditions. Furthermore, by examining how countries like the Netherlands and Greece have efficiently scaled up solar power to contribute over 15% of their electricity, Curaçao can adopt similar strategies. Establishing partnerships, incentivizing investments, and leveraging advancements in wind and solar technologies will be crucial steps.

History

The history of low-carbon electricity in Curaçao shows a gradual and somewhat inconsistent development, especially in wind energy. Initial efforts began in 2001 with a modest increase, followed by no significant developments until 2013, when there was another incremental boost in wind power. Solar energy initiatives began around the same time, in 2013, but have also seen sporadic growth, with no substantial increases noted until 2018. The last few years have shown a return to incremental growth in wind energy. Despite these slow beginnings, the consistency in recent years hints at a growing commitment towards expanding low-carbon electricity sources.

Electricity Imports and Exports

Balance of Trade

Data Sources

The the data source is IEA.
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