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Electricity in South Sudan in 2022

Global Ranking: #192
3.2% #175 Low-carbon electricity
6.58 watts #207 Generation / person
635.32 gCO2eq/kWh #189 Carbon Intensity

In 2022, the state of electricity consumption in South Sudan remains quite low. The country generates close to none of its electricity from available resources, which is in stark contrast to the global average consumption of 432 watts per person. This extremely low level of electricity generation means that most of the population lacks reliable access to electricity, making it difficult to maintain essential services such as healthcare, education, and communication. These conditions also impede economic development and can contribute to poverty and lower quality of life for residents.


To address the need for increased low-carbon electricity generation, South Sudan can look to successful examples from other nations. For instance, India generates 82 TWh from wind energy and 113 TWh from solar energy, reflecting substantial investment in these clean energy sources. Similarly, Brazil has achieved notable success by integrating 96 TWh from wind energy and 52 TWh from solar energy. By investing in these technologies, South Sudan can sustainably increase its electricity supply while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact. Moreover, South Sudan could consider the development of nuclear energy, similar to India's 48 TWh or Brazil's 15 TWh from nuclear, as a way to secure a stable and large-scale clean energy source.


The history of low-carbon electricity generation in South Sudan shows a consistent lack of progress over the last decade. From 2013 to 2022, there was no recorded increase in solar energy production, with each year contributing 0 TWh to the grid. This stagnant growth highlights the necessity for substantial policy changes and investment in green energy infrastructure to alter this trend. Without this, South Sudan will continue to lag far behind in terms of electricity generation, relying heavily on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change and air pollution. By pivoting toward low-carbon solutions like solar, wind, and nuclear energy, South Sudan can set a foundation for cleaner, more reliable electricity for its future.

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Data Sources

For the years 2012 to 2017 the data source is IEA.
For the years 2018 to 2022 the data source is Ember.
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