By Syed Shukur Ali Shuvo ---
DHAKA, Mar 23, 2017 (BSS) - With sincere efforts by the Awami league government, the country will have additional 6,500 MW electricity generation capacity against the highest demand in 2021, according to the Power Sector Master Plan-2016.
"The target power generation capacity would be 21,000 MW against the supply demand of 14,500 MW in 2021 while the current generation capacity reached 15,389 MW," said a Power Development Board (PDB) official.
Talking to BSS State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, MP, said that the government has targeted to bring all citizens under electricity coverage by 2021 and presently 80 percent people of the country have their access to electricity usage.
"The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has undertaken steps to make the country self-reliant in power generation by materializing the Vision-2021 for turning Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021," he said.
According to the Power Sector Master Plan-2016, the number of power plants in the country was only 27 when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took office in 2009, while the number of plants now stood at 108.
Besides, the government signed contracts in 2009 to install 94 power plants having generation capacity of 18,002 MW, of which 61 plants with 6,721 MW joined the operation.
Over the last eight years, Master Plan said, the power sector witnessed a tremendous progress in the country's socio-economic arena, leading to employment generation, food production, increased literacy rate and women development.
Officials of the power division said 33 power plants having 11,214 MW electricity generation capacity have been under construction.
Besides, the government is expected to generate 697 MW electricity from renewable energy sources by 2019 to add another feather of success to the efforts for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Currently, 433 MW power comes from the same sources. Target has been set to raise the power generation from renewable energy to 10 percent by 2020 and afterwards as per the Renewable Energy Policy.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)