Natural gas and oil in Benin

Energy consumption in Benin

The most important measure in the energy balance of Benin is the total consumption of
1.14 billion kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 94 kWh.

Benin can partly provide itself with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 335 m kWh. That is 29% of the countries own usage. The rest of the needed energy is imported from foreign countries. Along with pure consumptions the production, imports and exports play an important role. Other energy sources such as natural gas or crude oil are also used.

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Energy Balance

per capita
per capita
Own consumption1.14 bn kWh94.28 kWh11,842.76 kWh
Production335.00 m kWh27.63 kWh12,428.52 kWh
Import1.09 bn kWh89.75 kWh220.71 kWh

40.3% of the country's population (as of 2019) has access to electricity.In rural areas, the share was 17.4%

Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions
in 2018
per capita
per capita
total7.91 m t0.69 t15.12 t

Development of CO2 emissions from 1979 to 2018 in million tons
See also: CO2 equivalents by country

Carbon footprint Benin

Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities for electric energy have a theoretical value, which could only be obtainable under ideal conditions. They are measuring the generatable amount of energy, that would be reached under permanent and full use of all capacities of all power plants. In practice this isn't possible, because e.g. solar collectors are less efficient unter clouds. Also wind- and water-power plants are not always operating under full load. All these values are only useful in relation to other energy sources or countries.

Energy sourcetotal
in Benin
in Benin
per capita
in Benin
per capita
Fossil fuels2.47 bn kWh88,0 %70,0 %204.11 kWh20,230.06 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %9,0 %0.00 kWh2,601.01 kWh
Water power253.08 m kWh9,0 %7,0 %20.88 kWh2,023.01 kWh
Renewable energy56.24 m kWh2,0 %14,0 %4.64 kWh4,046.01 kWh
Other energy sources28.12 m kWh1,0 %0,0 %2.32 kWh0.00 kWh
Total production capacity2.81 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %231.95 kWh28,900.09 kWh
Actual total production335.00 m kWh11.9 %43.0 %27.63 kWh12,428.52 kWh

Usage of renewable energies

Renewable energies include wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources. This means all energy sources that renew themselves within a short time or are permanently available. Energy from hydropower is only partly a renewable energy. This is certainly the case with river or tidal power plants. Otherwise, numerous dams or reservoirs also produce mixed forms, e.g. by pumping water into their reservoirs at night and recovering energy from them during the day when there is an increased demand for electricity. Since it is not possible to clearly determine the amount of generated energy, all energies from hydropower are displayed separately.

In 2018, renewable energies accounted for around 44.0 percent of actual total consumption in Benin. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2018:

Renewable energy Benin