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IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

We See a Viable and Sensible Renewables Path to Rapid Eradication of Energy Poverty and to Improvements in Health and Education

We’ve just published a report that outlines a highly feasible and more cost-effective alternative to expand electrification in Bangladesh than what the Bangladesh government has in mind. Our blueprint—“Bangladesh Electricity Transition: A Diverse, Secure and Deflationary Way Forward”—outlines an expansion that would be cheaper, cleaner and provide more national energy security. Our research models an […]

A Step Backward for Bangladesh

A Step Backward for Bangladesh

Rampal Power Project: Fraught With Unacceptable Risk and Out of Step With the Times

We’ve published a report today that explains how the proposed coal-fired Rampal Power Plant in southwest Bangladesh would drive up electricity rates, cost far more than its promoters say, and put investors and consumers at a myriad of risks. Our report, “Risky and Over-Subsidized: A Financial Analysis of the Rampal Power Plant,” outlines why the […]

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IEEFA update: South African coal exports face long-term decline

Weaker 2018 exports are a sign of things to come

SYDNEY–In 2018, coal exports out of Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), South Africa’s main coal export port, declined 4% to 73.5 million tonnes (Mt). According to RBCT CEO Alan Waller, the decline was not due to operational issues but a matter of weaker global demand. This decline occurred despite the main off-taker of South African […]

January 29, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA update: Coal is failing to bring relief to Bangladesh’s electricity system

IEEFA update: Coal is failing to bring relief to Bangladesh’s electricity system

Delayed projects and fossil fuel import burden means renewable energy is the nation’s best route towards energy sustainability

SYDNEY – The financial results set out in the Bangladesh Power Development Board’s (BPDB) recently published annual report 2017-18 are troubling. The Power Development Board sits under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and is responsible for the planning and development of Bangladesh’s power infrastructure as well as the majority of the nation’s […]

December 21, 2018 Read More →

Bangladesh taking steps toward renewable energy goal

Reuters: Bangladesh’s electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 percent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant – boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say. The new 28 megawatt solar power plant in Cox’s Bazar District is […]

October 17, 2018 Read More →

GE, Mitsubishi to build massive gas-generating plant in Bangladesh

Reuters: General Electric and Mitsubishi Corporation are forming a joint venture with a Bangladesh private power firm to set up a 2,400 megawatt (MW) thermal power plant and related oil and LNG terminals in an investment of $3 billion, the companies said on Wednesday. The local firm, Summit, will hold 55 percent equity while Mitsubishi […]

July 11, 2018 Read More →

Godda Plant a Bad Deal For Bangladesh

The Guardian: Godda, in the Indian state of Jharkhand, is surrounded by the country’s most productive coal mines. It will soon also be home to the Adani group’s latest coal-fired power station, a plant built for the sole purpose of sending energy across the border to Bangladesh. Adani has framed its planned 1,600-megawatt Godda power […]

April 26, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: India Is Becoming a Transition Force on Par With China and Western Europe

Exporting Electricity and Infrastructure Development to Markets in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal

India’s electricity-generation market is changing fast, pushed by sustained deflation in renewable energy tariffs, technological advances in the wind and solar sectors, the availability of lower-cost financing, an acceleration in wind- and solar-tender activity, and a national political desire to abide by the Paris climate agreement. One indication of change: In 2017, tariffs for both […]

Bangladesh Project Seen as Prime Example of Failing Nuclear Industry

Prothom Alo: Bangladesh sees Rooppur as a way of diversifying its electricity generation mix, thereby increasing energy security. It has a planned completion date in 2024. There is considerable doubt as to whether the current US$12.65 billion budget will represent the final bill. Russia, which is providing a loan covering most of the cost of […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: A Sense of Desperation in Global Coal-Expansion Campaigns

Investors Grow Wary of Reputational, Regulatory and Return Risk

Coal apologists the world over like to cite spurious “facts” to support their argument for new investments in coal projects. A commonly heard theme: We need more coal because it’s cheap. In Australia, the government’s chief scientist’s call for a national “clean energy target” has set off a wave of highly dubious claims about coal […]

August 4, 2017 Read More →

Energy Choices in Bangladesh: Renewable Energy or Projects Abandoned by Other Countries?

NTVOnline: Dhaka: Member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources and Power-Port Professor Anu Mohammad has said that the government`s current energy master plan and policy is leading the country down a wrong path. “The current plan and policy is in no way acceptable to the people as it was prepared to serve […]

July 11, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Asia: Bangladesh Can Transition Its Energy Markets Onto a  Lower-Cost, Sustainable Pathway

IEEFA Asia: Bangladesh Can Transition Its Energy Markets Onto a Lower-Cost, Sustainable Pathway

Developments in China, Germany, and India Are Paving the Way for Countries Across the Globe; Bangladesh Does Not Have to Depend on Risky Fossil Fuels to Sustain Growth

July 10, 2017 ( – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said today that the ongoing electricity transformation now occurring globally has significant implications and opportunities for Bangladesh. With the economy and hence electricity generation/grid system set to double this coming decade, Bangladesh has the opportunity to reorient the foundations for sustained growth. […]