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Energy consumption in Palestine

The most important measure in the energy balance of Palestine is the total consumption of
5.12 bn kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 1,066 kWh.


Palestine can partly provide itself with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 535 m kWh. That is 10% 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

ElectricitytotalWest Bank
per capita
USA
per capita
Own consumption5.12 bn kWh1,065.94 kWh11,842.76 kWh
Production535.00 m kWh111.38 kWh12,428.52 kWh
Import5.47 bn kWh1,139.43 kWh220.71 kWh

Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions
in 2016
West Bank
per capita
USA
per capita
total3.23 m t0.74 t0.31 t
› of which diesel + gasoline3.23 m t0.74 t0.14 t


Development of CO2 emissions from 1997 to 2016 in million tons

Carbon footprint West Bank


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 Palestine
percentage
in Palestine
percentage
USA
per capita
in Palestine
per capita
USA
Fossil fuels956.59 m kWh78,0 %70,0 %199.15 kWh20,230.06 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %9,0 %0.00 kWh2,601.01 kWh
Water power0.00 kWh0,0 %7,0 %0.00 kWh2,023.01 kWh
Renewable energy269.81 m kWh22,0 %14,0 %56.17 kWh4,046.01 kWh
Total production capacity1.23 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %255.33 kWh28,900.09 kWh
Actual total production535.00 m kWh43.6 %43.0 %111.38 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 12.7 percent of actual total consumption in Palestine. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2018:

Renewable energy West Bank