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Electricity in Western Sahara in 2009

Global Ranking: #193
0.0% #193 Low-carbon electricity
25.82 watts #183 Generation / person
655.00 gCO2eq/kWh #206 Carbon Intensity

As of 2009, Western Sahara had an electricity consumption that was far below the global average of 410 watts per person. The electricity generation was majorly reliant on fossil energy sources, making it less sustainable and eco-friendly. There was a scant utilization of low-carbon electricity sources, and the use of clean energy was almost nil. The dominance of fossil energy in Western Sahara reflects a worldwide trend in regions where energy infrastructures are less developed. This low level of electricity generation not only limits economic activities but also places the region at a heightened risk of energy instability. The health implications of heavy reliance on fossil energy, such as air pollution, are also significant.


To bolster its low-carbon electricity generation, Western Sahara can draw inspiration from various countries that have effectively integrated low-carbon energy sources into their energy mix. Nations such as China and the United States have demonstrated substantial progress in wind and solar electricity generation, with China generating 964 TWh from wind and 523 TWh from solar, and the United States producing 425 TWh from wind and 215 TWh from solar. Nuclear energy has also shown to be a viable low-carbon energy source, with countries like the United States, France, and South Korea generating 775 TWh, 319 TWh, and 172 TWh respectively. Observing the methods employed by these countries in harnessing wind, solar, and nuclear energy could be pivotal in transforming Western Sahara's energy landscape, and moving towards a more sustainable and secure future.


Unfortunately, little data is available on the historical developments of low-carbon electricity in Western Sahara. However, given the minimal use of these energy sources observed in 2009, it is reasonable to deduce that the region has yet to tap into its full potential for clean energy production. The history of wind, solar, and nuclear energy in the region is likely to be marked by minimal investment and limited infrastructural development, thus aggressive and determined efforts would be required to bring about significant change. Nevertheless, the successful implementation of these energy sources in other regions worldwide serves as a promising indicator of what could be achieved in Western Sahara with the right investments and strategic planning.

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Balance of Trade

Data Sources

The the data source is Ember.
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