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  • American Samoa uses imported fossil fuels for almost all of the territory's energy needs, including transportation, drinking and waste water treatment, and most (about 97% in 2020) of its electric power generation.
  • Electricity prices in American Samoa vary with world petroleum prices. In August 2020, despite increased renewable generation and decreased petroleum prices, the territory's residential electricity prices were about 2.5 times higher than the nation's 50 state average.
  • In 2016, Ta’u, the largest island in American Samoa's Manu’a island group, converted its electricity generation to 100% solar powered, replacing the use of more than 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
  • The American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee adopted a goal to obtain 50% of American Samoa's energy from renewable energy resources by 2025 and 100% by 2040, primarily with solar energy.
  • In part because only three-fifths of American Samoan households are connected to an electric power grid, per capita electricity consumption in the territory is about one-fourth that of the 50 U.S. states.

Last Updated: December 17, 2020

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American Samoa Territorial Energy Office

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