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Territory Profile and Energy Estimates

Profile Overview

Quick Facts

  • The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) meets nearly 100% of its energy needs with imported petroleum products, including 22 million to 24 million gallons of diesel fuel annually for both electricity generation and transportation.
  • Electricity customers in CNMI pay a fuel surcharge that varies with the price of diesel fuel. In recent years, the price of electricity for residential customers ranged between 1.5 and 3 times the average price in the 50 U.S. states.
  • The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, CNMI's public utility, is looking for long-term alternatives to petroleum-fired electricity generators, which are 20 to 35 years old and cannot run at full capacity.
  • CNMI's renewable portfolio standard requires the islands to get 20% of their net electricity sales from renewable energy if cost-effective resources are available.
  • In 2016, GDP per capita in CNMI was less than half that of the 50 United States, but the CNMI had one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Last Updated: October 18, 2018