Natural gas and oil in French Polynesia

Energy consumption in French Polynesia

The most important figure in the energy balance of French Polynesia is the total consumption of
629.90 million kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 2,229 kWh.

French Polynesia can provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 677 m kWh, also 108% of own requirements. The rest of the self-produced energy is either exported into other countries or unused. 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

ElectricitytotalFrench Polynesia
per capita
per capita
Own consumption629.90 m kWh2,229.47 kWh11,756.77 kWh
Production677.30 m kWh2,397.23 kWh12,338.29 kWh

100.0% of the country's population (as of 2020) has access to electricity.

Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions
in 2016
French Polynesia
per capita
per capita
total770,070.00 t2.80 t15.15 t
› of which diesel + gasoline770,070.00 t2.80 t6.58 t

Development of CO2 emissions from 1960 to 2016 in million tons
See also: CO2 equivalents by country

Carbon footprint French Polynesia

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 French Polynesia
in French Polynesia
per capita
in French Polynesia
per capita
Fossil fuels1.55 bn kWh70,0 %70,0 %5,491.01 kWh20,083.19 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %9,0 %0.00 kWh2,582.12 kWh
Water power421.09 m kWh19,0 %7,0 %1,490.42 kWh2,008.32 kWh
Renewable energy243.79 m kWh11,0 %14,0 %862.87 kWh4,016.64 kWh
Total production capacity2.22 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %7,844.29 kWh28,690.27 kWh
Actual total production677.30 m kWh30.6 %43.0 %2,397.23 kWh12,338.29 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 2019, renewable energies accounted for around 7.7 percent of actual total consumption in French Polynesia. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2019:

Renewable energy French Polynesia
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