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BD made most progress in access to power: WB

Published : Sunday, 26 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 673
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The World Bank Energy Progress Report 2019 has said that Bangladesh has made significant progress in providing electricity to all that covers 93 per cent of its total population.
The number of people without electricity access dropped to around 840 million, compared to 1 billion in 2016 and 1.2 billion in 2010, according to recently published WB Energy Progress Report 2019. The report revealed that the global electrification rate reached 89 percent.
"The present government attained tremendous success in power and energy sector because of the realistic roadmap for this sector with an aim to reach power to every household by 2021", a senior official of the Power Division said.
However, the WB report said that among countries with the largest population without access to electricity, Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Sudan have made the most progress.
"Now we are working to fulfill our another commitment that is to supply reliable electricity to all," State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said adding that quality electricity will be no more a dream here, just give us some time to fulfill our agenda."
According to him about 93 percent people are now getting power, which was only 47 percent before 2009.
Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2019 showed that despite the progress, reaching the remaining unserved people, including those connected to frail and overburdened urban grids, as well as displaced people, and hard-to-reach locations, will be challenging. An estimated 650 million people will be left without electricity access in 2030.
The report tracks global, regional and country progress on the three targets of SDG7: access to energy and clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency. It identifies priorities for action and best practices that have proven successful in helping policymakers and development partners understand what is needed to overcome challenges.
Presently the power generation capacity of Bangladesh stood at 21,419 MW with power connections increasing to 3.32 crore while the number of power plants reached to 130.
The WB report said significant efforts have been made to install renewable energy technology for electricity generation and to improve energy efficiency across the world. But the access to clean cooking solutions and the use of renewable energy in heat generation and transport are still lagging far behind the goals.

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