Editorial

9,700 MW more electricity by 2023

Ensure nonstop power supply at affordable price


Bangladeshpost
Published : 17 Jun 2022 08:35 PM

The government expects around 9,700 more megawatts of electricity to be added to the national grid by 2023. To this end, 18 power plants are being constructed at different stages. 

Over the last ten years the incumbent government has developed the power sector in a planned way addressing it as one of the most essential sectors for sustainable development of the country. The country’s power generation capacity has reportedly increased more than four times, and its consumers thrice. More and more regions which were previously isolated have been connected to the electricity grid. With sincere and relentless efforts by the Awami League government, the country has successfully illuminated every house and brought 100 percent people under electricity coverage. The government has been implementing a number of projects to ensure quality and uninterrupted power supply at a rational price. 

Before 2009, reportedly a total of 27 power plants were constructed in the country whereas more than 100 plants were constructed in last ten years. In 2009, the number of people having access to electricity was 47 percent, which now increased to 97 percent.

Focus should 

be given on improving the power distribution

 and transmission system in villages instead of increasing 

generation  capacity

We are now self-sufficient in power generation and our generation capacity surpasses our demand. However, still there are a number of challenges which the government should address prudently. Experts are of the opinion that the big challenge is to supply uninterrupted electricity at specific voltages and frequencies. Otherwise, the use of electricity will not increase in industry. As a result, the amount of subsidy in the power sector and electricity price will increase continuously.  Also, the cost of grid power supply will increase in some places where demand is low.

The power situation has improved in big cities including Dhaka but load shedding is happening in District, Upazila and village areas due to limitation of transmission and distribution system. Therefore, focus should be given on improving the power distribution and transmission system in villages instead of increasing  generation capacity.

Use of renewable energy in Bangladesh has been negligible over the last few years. Reportedly, renewable energy contributes approximately 4 per cent to the country's national energy power mix. Therefore, focus should be given on formulating new policies to increase the production and consumption of renewable energy to ensure environment-friendly energy production.