The latest data compilation from the World bank is out. I found particularly interesting Table 5.11 which reports electricity and ICT indicators. Despite all the talk of the power of the Internet, only fixed and mobile voice indicators are reported. I guess that is better than reporting bad data on Internet users.
But what got me thinking were the two indicators on electricity: consumption per capita and transmission and distribution losses as percentage of the total. We can agree that lower T&D losses are better. Yet, there are questions. Qatar, a tiny little country has T&D losses of 2%. Namibia, a vast and lightly populated country has losses of 28%. Are they comparable?
But what really intrigues me is electricity consumption per capita. Namibia, a large country of 2.2 million consumes 1549 kwh per person. Myanmar another low-population density country with around 50 million people consumes 110. Does this make Namibia superior? I chose warm countries because energy consumption has to be higher in cold countries (Norway consumes 23,174).
Or closer to home: Pakistan 449 v Sri Lanka 490. Last year we reduced consumption by 1% while increasing connected households by 4.5%. Was this bad?