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Energy consumption on the Marshall Islands

The most important measure in the energy balance of the Marshall Islands is the total consumption of
604.50 m kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 10,282 kWh.


The Marshall Islands can provide themselves completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 650 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

ElectricitytotalMarshall Islands
per capita
USA
per capita
Own consumption604.50 m kWh10,282.19 kWh11,887.66 kWh
Production650.00 m kWh11,056.11 kWh12,475.65 kWh

Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions
in 2016
Marshall Islands
per capita
USA
per capita
total143,013.00 t2.48 t0.33 t
› of which diesel + gasoline143,013.00 t2.48 t0.14 t


Development of CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2016 in million tons

Carbon footprint Marshall Islands


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
on the Marshall Islands
percentage
on the Marshall Islands
percentage
USA
per capita
on the Marshall Islands
per capita
USA
Fossil fuels368.97 m kWh81,0 %70,0 %6,275.98 kWh20,306.77 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %9,0 %0.00 kWh2,610.87 kWh
Water power86.55 m kWh19,0 %7,0 %1,472.14 kWh2,030.68 kWh
Renewable energy0.00 kWh0,0 %14,0 %0.00 kWh4,061.35 kWh
Total production capacity455.52 m kWh100,0 %100,0 %7,748.12 kWh29,009.67 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 2015, renewable energies accounted for around 11.2 percent of actual total consumption on the Marshall Islands. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1992 to 2015:

Renewable energy Marshall Islands