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Iceland almost 100 per cent powered by renewables

According to a report from Iceland’s National Energy Authority, Orkustofnun, the country generated 71 per cent of its electricity from hydropower and 24 percent of it from geothermal energy in 2013.

Although it consumes more electricity power per capita in the world than any other nation, it is comfortably capable of meeting its demand through natural resources. The country is blessed with rich hydro and geothermal resources, the geographical advantages of being a volcanic island.
Iceland geothermal power
Iceland has 2,579 MW installed capacity and the main hydropower plants of the country are in Fljotsdalsvirkjun, Burfell, Hrauneyjafoss, Blanda, Sigalda, Sultartangi and in Vatnsfell.

Eirikur Hjalmarsson of the Reykjavik Energy’s Communication Manager told World Bulletin,
“When technology allowed and external conditions were ripe – for example when fossil fuels became more expensive or when World War I and World War II made transportation difficult – Icelanders grabbed the opportunity to implement greener local energy resources.”

Iceland used 40 per cent of its geothermal energy to generate electricity, 43 per cent of it for space heating and the other 17 per cent was used for swimming pools, snow melting, industry, fish farming and greenhouses, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.