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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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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 →
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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 […]

India EXIM Bank at Risk in Bangladesh Coal Project

Jyoti Mukul for the Business Standard of India: A US-based think tank today said the Bangladesh-India Maitree project could effectively end up in a financial mess. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said electricity produced from the project would cost 32 per cent more than the average electricity in Bangladesh, assuming an […]

June 17, 2016 Read More →
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Rampal Coal-Fired Proposal for Bangladesh Puts Ratepayers and Investors at Risk, Relies on Outdated Technology, Is ‘Out of Step With Times’

Electricity Prices Would Be 32% Above Current Averages; Indian EXIM Bank Would Be Overly Exposed; Solar-Energy Momentum Offers an Immediate, Lower-Cost Solution

June 17, 2016 — The proposed coal-fired Rampal Power Plant in southwest Bangladesh would drive up electricity rates, cost far more than promoters say, and put investors at a myriad of risks, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Risky and Over-Subsidized: A Financial […]