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Electricity is a an essential necessity of mankind. Whether it is home, school, office, shopping malls, or any other place, electricity plays a significant role. In fact, without electricity our life would come to a standstill. But have you ever wondered where does our electricity come from? In fact there are many sources that are used to generate power. Some of these are – solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, Biomass energy, nuclear power, and others. Oil, which is a fossil fuel, is also used as a source for electricity. However, in some countries the use of oil as a source for electricity is quite high, while in others it is minimal.
According to a data by the World Bank, in 2014, there were just a handful of nations that were producing more than 90 percent of the electricity from oil. South Sudan topped the list with 99.6 percent of electricity being produced from oil. Coming at the second and third spots were Benin and Eritrea, both of which witnessed 99.5 percent of electricity being produced from oil. Other nations where the percentage stood more than 90 were Lebanon, Malta, Cyprus, Jordan, Haiti, etc.
There were only two nations where between 75 and 90 percent of the electricity was generated from oil and these were Senegal and Cuba. While Senegal saw 83.6 percent electricity being generated from oil in Cuba the percentage stood at 81.6. Countries where between 50 and 75 percentage of electricity was generated by oil were Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, Honduras, and Dominican Republic. Nations where between 25 and 50 percent of the electricity was generated from oil were Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Pakistan, Panama, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and some others.
Countries where between 1 and 25 percent of the electricity was generated from oil were Egypt, Japan, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, Australia, India, the Netherlands, Canada, Russia, among others. Meanwhile, there were many nations where less than one percent electricity was generated from oil. Some of these were Germany, the United States, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, Vietnam, China, South Africa, and many other nations.
The table below provides information on the percentage of electricity generated from oil in each nation in 2014.
|Country||electricity production by Oil (%)|
|Syrian Arab Republic||21.8|
|Iran, Islamic Rep.||21.7|
|Egypt, Arab Rep.||12.2|
|Korea, Dem. People’s Rep.||3.3|
|United Arab Emirates||1.3|
|Hong Kong SAR, China||0.6|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||0.3|
|Trinidad and Tobago||0.2|
|Congo, Dem. Rep.||0|
(Data sourced from World Bank)