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Bringing electricity to more Bangladeshis

The power Bangladesh manages to generate is unreliable - blackouts and shortages cost an estimated 0.5 percent of GDP annually.

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Smart Energy Options for Bangladesh

Benefits and costs of addressing Bangladesh’s energy challenges

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Benefits of Lighting – A Cost Benefit Analysis on Distributive Solar Home Systems

Benefits and costs of deploying distributive solar systems in Bangladesh 

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Energy

Tens of millions of Bangladeshis have gained access to electricity over recent years. In 2000, just 32 percent of the population had electricity access; today that figure stands at nearly 60 percent, according to the World Bank.

Yet the national energy sector still lags behind many of its neighbors, and the power Bangladesh manages to generate is unreliable—blackouts and shortages cost an estimated 0.5 percent of GDP annually.

Proposed Strategies

Strategy Takas of benefits per taka spent
Import coal for more power 23
Imported and domestic coal for more power 24
Household solar to replace kerosene 1.8
Shared diesel to replace kerosene 25
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Smart Energy Options for Bangladesh

Research by David Roland-Holst, University of California, Berkeley, and Herath Gunatilake, Asian Development Bank, along with consultant Bjorn Larsen, analyzes the smartest ways to power Bangladesh in coming years.

Bangladesh today faces a different future than it imagined decades ago, when relatively abundant natural gas seemed to be the key to prosperity. Energy policies that undervalue this resource have depleted it dramatically, undermining investment present and future energy services..."

- David Roland-Holst & Herath Gunatilake

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Benefits of Lighting – A Cost Benefit Analysis on Distributive Solar Home Systems

For millions of rural homes, electrification is still far off, and most use dirty kerosene lamps for lighting. Research by A.K. Enamul Haque, a professor of economics at the East-West University in Dhaka, examines alternative lighting options.

In many countries, including Bangladesh, solar home systems are part of a major public policy focus of the government because it has effectively ‘lighted’ 3 million houses in remote locations who are unlikely to have electricity from grid connections."

- Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque

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Bringing electricity to more Bangladeshis

In a series of op-eds published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, Bjorn Lomborg outlined the key findings of the path-breaking research produced by the Bangladesh Priorities project.

The national energy sector still lags behind many of its neighbours, and the power Bangladesh manages to generate is unreliable - blackouts and shortages cost an estimated 0.5 percent of GDP annually." - Bjorn Lomborg

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