Renewable energy in Liberia

In 2008, Liberia produced 0 quadrillion BTUs (QBTUs) of primary energy, a decrease of 0 QBTUs over the prior year and a compound growth rate of 0% over a 5 year period.

Primary energy consumption meanwhile increased by 1.59% over the prior year to 0.01 QBTUs, equating to 2.62 million BTUs per capita which places Liberia into the 92nd percentile of countries worldwide for per capita primary energy consumption.

Liberia’s total electricity capacity has decreased on an annual compound basis by -1.18% over the last 20 years to 198 megawatts (MW) in 2008. In the last year, the total installed capacity base neither increased nor decreased.

Total renewable energy capacity accounts for 0% of this total installed capacity base whilst renewable energy sources excluding hydropower account for 0%.

Total capacity did not increase in the last year whilst Conventional Thermal Energy added the most capacity in the last 5 years, reaching 198 MW in 2008.

Total electricity generation meanwhile climbed 0.9% over the last year to 0.34 billion kilowatthours (bn kWh) in 2008 with the largest source for electricity generation being Conventional Thermal (100% of total net generation).

Conventional sources including conventional thermal (coal, petroleum, gas), nuclear power and hydro pumped storage accounted for 100% of total electricity generated, up from 100% 5 years previously.

Conventional Energy sources represented 100% of total installed capacity in Liberia in 2008, an increase of 0 percentage points over a 5 year period.

Conventional thermal energy had an installed capacity base of 198 MW in 2008, a change of 0 MW over the previous year and a 0.51% change on a compound basis over a 5 year period. Conventional thermal energy has seen its share of total installed capacity increase from 100% in 2004 to 100% in 2008. Conventional Thermal Energy generated 0.34 billion kilowatthours of electricity in 2008, equating to 1.69 billion kilowatthours of electricity per million kilowatts of capacity.

In 2008, total carbon dioxide emissions in Liberia reached 0.69 million Metric Tonnes (mn MT), a compound increase of 5.49% over a 5 year period. Liberia’s total represented 0.06% of total regional emissions and 0% of total world emissions.

On a per capita basis meanwhile, Liberia ranked at #184 worldwide, with per capita emissions falling on 2007 by -0.01 metric tonnes to 0.2 metric tonnes.