Measures to be taken to raise use of renewable energy: President
DHAKA, Dec 11, 2014 Nirapad News : Stressing the need for ensuring energy security for the future generation, President Abdul Hamid today said measures will have to be taken to increase the use of the environment friendly renewable energy along with reducing the system losses and dependence on fossil fuel.
“We must come out from the mentality of the incriminate use of electricity . . . we’ve to be rational in the use of electricity, side by side steps will have to be taken to increase renewable energy and cut system losses and dependence on fossil fuel for ensuring energy security for the future generation,” said the President while addressing the inaugural ceremony of ‘Electricity Fair and the National Electricity Week-2014’ here.
Highlighting the importance of electricity for socio-economic development, the President said power and development go hand in hand and electricity is essential for all socio-economic development, including industries, agriculture, treatment and communication. Referring to the government’s plan to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021, he said uninterrupted power supply will have to be ensured for setting up of new industries, especially agro-based small and medium enterprises in rural area and their operations.
The President said the country’s power generation capacity needs to be increased to 24,000 megawatt (MW) by 2021 and 40,000MW by 2030 to meet the increasing demand of electricity.
The government has attached the highest priority to the power sector considering its importance and it has already taken short, medium and long-term programmes for the development of the sector, he said, adding that around 500MW power is being imported from India and move is underway to import power from other SAARC countries.
As a result, power generation capacity has now stood at 11,265MW, the President said, adding that different reform programmes have been taken for expansion and developing the transmission and distribution systems President Abdul Hamid said development of transmission and distribution systems is equally important to reach power to the door-step of the people.
Over 3,03,000-km power distribution line has so far been constructed and of it 43,000-km line has been constructed in the last six years and 68 percent population in the country is enjoying electricity facilities, he added.
To reach electricity to the rest of the population, the government has been implementing a master plan to construct 200,000-km more distribution line, the President said.
He said increasing the use of renewable energy to meet the increasing demand of power is important because it is environment friendly and sustainable. ‘The government has already approved a renewable energy policy and it has recently taken steps to generate 500MW solar power’. He said around 174MW renewable power is now being generated in the country and 3.4 million solar home systems with a total capacity of 150MW have so far installed.
State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on power, energy and mineral resources Md Tajul Islam, among others, spoke on the occasion.
After inaugurating the electricity fair by cutting ribbon, President Abdul Hamid went round different stalls at the fair venue.