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Electricity in Guyana in 2022

Global Ranking: #178
1.8% #183 Low-carbon electricity
27.70 % #102 Electrification
161.75 watts #140 Generation / person
643.03 gCO2eq/kWh #193 Carbon Intensity

As of 2022, Guyana's electricity consumption is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, with 1.12 TWh generated from these sources. In terms of low-carbon or clean energy sources like solar or nuclear, Guyana generates close to none. Considering Guyana's population of around 800,000 people, the per capita electricity generation is far below the global average of 432 watts per person. This limited electricity generation can have several negative effects, including stunted economic growth, limited access to modern amenities, and inadequate educational and healthcare services.


To increase its low-carbon electricity generation, Guyana can learn from the successes of other countries in harnessing wind, solar, and nuclear energy. For instance, Brazil and India have made significant strides in wind energy, generating 96 TWh and 82 TWh respectively. Solar energy is another viable option; countries like India and Japan generate 113 TWh and 97 TWh respectively from solar power. Additionally, nuclear energy provides a stable and reliable source of clean electricity, as evidenced by countries such as France and South Korea, which generate 336 TWh and 180 TWh respectively from nuclear power. By investing in these technologies, Guyana can diversify its energy mix, reduce carbon emissions, and increase electricity availability for its citizens.


Historically, Guyana has not made substantial progress in adopting low-carbon electricity sources. From 2000 to 2016, there was no significant change in biofuels or any other low-carbon electricity generation. Similarly, solar energy has seen no increase from 2017 to 2020. This lack of development in clean energy over two decades indicates an urgent need for policy changes and investments in sustainable energy infrastructure. Embracing nuclear, wind, and solar energy will not only help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change but also ensure a reliable and sustainable electricity supply for the future.

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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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