No need to raise power tariff: PDB officials
Power sector officials in a day-long workshop on Saturday said there was no need to increase power tariff as the average production cost of power generation had decreased.
"At present the cost of per unit electricity production is TK 5.64 on an average. Previously it was TK 6.16. The PDB's decision to stop production from the high cost fuel-based power plants has played a great role to cut the cost," Power Development Board (PDB)'s presentation said.
The cost has decreased as the government stopped production from high cost liquid fuel-based power plants, it said.
Bangladesh Power Management Institute (BPMI) and Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) jointly organized the workshop at Bidyut Bhaban.
Senior officials from BPMI, BERC and power sector were present.
Taking part in the discussion, Power Division Senior Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikus said the average production cost of power generation had decreased as the government had stopped production from liquid fuel-based power plants.
"People should give us thanks for enhancing huge capacity of electricity generation but they are criticizing us. We did it as we analyzed the future demand scenario of electricity against the GDP growth rate," Power Division Secretary said.
He said to support the existing power system it is needed to renew the system.
BERC Chairman Monwar Islam said, "We are now able to supply electricity to all as in last one decade we have drastically implemented our ideas in power transmission, generation and distribution sector."
"Anyone could compare the today's situation with ten years back…we should observe the cost of electricity and cost of no electricity to understand the situation," he said.
Among others BERC Member Mizanur Rahman, PDB official Kawsar Amir Ali and PGCB's Yakub Elahi Chowdhury took part in the discussion.