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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 of its electric power generation.
  • Electricity prices in American Samoa vary with world petroleum prices; in mid-2018, residential electricity prices were more than 2.5 times the U.S. average, comparable to Hawaii's rates.
  • In 2016, the island of Ta'u in the Manu'a Island group converted to 100% solar PV electricity generation, and in 2017, the entire Manu'a island group generated 90% of its electricity from solar energy.
  • American Samoa has adopted a goal to obtain 50% of its energy from renewable energy resources by 2025 and 100% by 2040, and expects to replace diesel fuel primarily with solar energy.
  • Two-fifths of the American Samoan population does not have electricity, and per capita electricity consumption in the territory is about one-third of that in the 50 U.S. states.

Last Updated: October 18, 2018

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American Samoa Territorial Energy Office

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American Samoa Power Authority

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