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Donors want power price hike
Staff Correspondent
Published : Saturday, 21 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 13
Development partners want the government to hike power and energy prices further, because a large gap between costs for generation of power and its sale price is still wide.
Dr Tawfiq-e- Elahi, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Energy, said this at a workshop as the chief guest on Friday.
The Power Division arranged the two-day workshop on Sector Leaders at Biddyut Bhaban in the city to encourage its officials to work with non-bureaucrat mentality.
He said that 70 per cent of the population has already been brought under the coverage of electricity, so it is easy to achieve the target of reaching it to all people by 2021. He suggested the official to continue such workshop to develop leadership.
"Ensuring 100 per cent energy security is difficult, so we will try to secure the power sector with highest efforts," he observed.
Under the Power Sector Master Plan (PSMP), the government has a promise to provide electricity to all by 2021. Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam reminded the officials of it again at the workshop.
"To provide uninterrupted quality electricity to all at a reasonable price we have started working. So the officials have to be creative and dynamic, the Adviser said.
While speaking as the Special Guest, Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister said, "We should put emphasis on solar power because it is cheaper than liquid fuel."
According to the power sector plan, the government has to generate 24,000MW of electricity by 2021. Major part of it will be generated from coal, 50 per cent local coal and 50 per cent from imported coal, but local coal extraction is yet to be discussed.
Import of coal is yet to be planned. Only three countries are exporting coal- Australia, Indonesia and Africa in the world, said an official of the Power Division.
In this connection, the government is going to revise the PSMP. The revised PSMP would cut target of coal-dependence considering the regional cooperation in cross-border power trade.
The plan would also take into consideration gas crisis. An official of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) said that the government had not yet taken any effective initiatives to mine own coal. "So there is no alternative to revising the coal-based power generation plan, and we need to depend more on imported coal," said concerned officials.
For sourcing primary fuel the government has decided to go for fuel mix and dual fuel for the power generation.

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