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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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Clashes in Bangladesh Over New Coal Plant

From Reuters: Police used tear gas and water cannons on Thursday to disperse demonstrators protesting against a coal-fired power plant they say will damage ecologically sensitive mangrove forest and disrupt the lives of thousands. UNESCO last year sought the relocation of the 1320MW power plant from the 742-hectare site where it is being built, saying […]

January 30, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Fierce Pushback in Bangladesh on Questionable Coal Project

Keith Schneider for Circle of Blue: In 2010, when Bangladesh drew up its Power Sector Master Plan to develop thousands of new megawatts of coal-fired electricity, the government also bought 742 hectares (1,834 acres) of bottomland along the Passur River. At the time, the aggressive master plan and the flood-prone parcel, about 300 kilometers (190 […]

December 13, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh
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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 […]

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy in Bangladesh Is Cheaper, Cleaner and More Secure Than Fossil Fuels

A Sensible Way to ‘Rapidly Eradicate Energy Poverty and Facilitate Health and Education Improvements Where They Are Most Needed’

CLEVELAND, Nov. 18, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today proposing a viable, modern and sustainable electricity-generation expansion in Bangladesh. Bangladesh, which has a population of almost 160 million, is among the most electricity-impoverished countries in the world and on the cusp of deploying an electricity-generation […]

November 18, 2016 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: India’s High-Risk Rampal Coal-Plant Investment Puts Global Household-Name Asset-Management Companies at Risk

BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, Reliance Group, Sun Life Financial, Franklin Resources, Royal Bank of Canada, AIG, Prudential, Axis Bank, Crédit Agricole, HSBC, Bank of New York Mellon, UBS, Credit Suisse …

In a continuation of our pictures-worth-a-thousand-words motif we started earlier this week, with the first one on the vast opportunity in BRICS renewables-investment markets, here’s one that offers a revealing look at which institutions exactly are at risk in the exceptionally high-risk Rampal coal-fired project in India. First, the EXIM Bank of India has a […]

October 21, 2016 Read More →

U.N. Agency Joins Opponents of Rampal Coal Plant in Bangladesh

Katy Daigle and Julhas Alam for the Associated Press: DHAKA, Bangladesh — The U.N. agency devoted to preserving world heritage has joined environmental groups urging Bangladesh to halt plans for a massive coal-fired power plant near ecologically sensitive mangrove forests on the coast. UNESCO says it poses a “serious threat” to a region that protects […]

October 20, 2016 Read More →

Bangladesh Is Building a Dirty and Expensive Coal Plant Next to the World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

From the Conversation.com Environmental groups claim the outer edge of the project is within a 14km radius of the forest, thereby breaking Bangladeshi forest laws. Each year, nearly 5m tonnes of coal will have to be shipped to the plant along the Poshur River, which cuts across the Sundarbans and will need to be dredged. […]

September 27, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: The Hard Numbers Cases Against India Coal-Fired Mega Project

Sushmita S. Preetha for the Bangladesh Daily Star: For those who consider “environment” to be a “soft” issue that has no place in the more “grave” and “grown-up” discussions on development, let’s talk economics. Let’s talk about the fact that three French banks and two Norwegian pension funds pulled out their investment last year from […]

August 5, 2016 Read More →

IEEFA South Asia: A Simple Way to Help Address Bangladesh’s Energy Crisis—Import Electricity From India

Expensive Coal-Fired Projects Are Not the Answer

As India proceeds with a remarkable electricity-sector transformation that puts it firmly on the road to modernizing its antiquated grid, expanding its commitment to renewables and achieving stronger national energy security, its neighbor to the east, Bangladesh, is reeling from an ever-growing power crisis. Bangladesh is awash today in energy poverty. Its per capita consumption […]

July 28, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: India-Bangladesh Power Project Is Out of Step With the Times

Jai Sharda for the Huffington Post: The plant, which has been delayed significantly from the original plans of commissioning by 2016, will be very expensive, despite major subsidies from both Bangladesh and India and multi-year lows in coal prices. The plant is set to receive subsidies worth over US$ 3 billion over its life in […]

June 27, 2016 Read More →