Iceland’s Abundance of Energy

[] We see Iceland as the world’s laboratory for a decarbonized future,” says Ingibjorg Sólrun Gisladóttir, the country’s foreign minister and former mayor of Reykjavik. Of course, many countries say similar things, but Iceland has a head start, because it’s partly decarbonized already. Some 85 percent of Iceland’s homes are heated with geothermal energy, which also produces 18 percent of the country’s electricity. The rest is emission-free hydroelectric power from the many dams on Iceland’s free-flowing rivers. As much as 72 percent of Iceland’s primary energy is renewable, the highest percentage in the developed world. Coal smoke no longer darkens the skies.
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