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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: Kenya and Bangladesh can turn to renewables as coal plans stall

Renewable energy is increasingly cheap, quicker to build, and can improve energy security

SYDNEY  ̶  Recent decisions by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO and the Kenyan courts will delay planned coal-fired power projects in Bangladesh and Kenya. A June 2019 draft decision by the World Heritage Committee’s advisory body states that Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Reserve Forest should be placed on the “in danger” list due to the impacts […]

IEEFA Update: Bangladesh’s coal expansion plans stir criticism

IEEFA Update: Bangladesh’s coal expansion plans stir criticism

Why relying on imported coal and LNG is such a bad idea: the list of reasons grows

Bangladesh’s plan to increase reliance on imported coal to fuel its growing power generation system already has a long list of criticisms. The intention to rely on imports of both coal and LNG is a poor outcome for the nation’s energy security and will place Bangladesh under increased economic pressure. The cost of large coal […]

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 →

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 →

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 […]

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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 […]

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 →