People’s lives were once made miserable by a vexing power crisis, but the situation has changed, and now all citizens have access to electricity around the clock, while the government has been implementing a number of projects to ensure quality and uninterrupted power supply at a reasonable price.
1,160MW of electricity is imported, while 24,406MW is produced locally. According to a ministry official, only 47 per cent of the population had access to power in 2009. Per capita power generation has increased from 220kWh to 560kWh, and electricity distribution losses have been reduced by 5.85 per cent. According to the Power System Master Plan (PSMP) 2016, Bangladesh aspires to be a high-income country by 2041, with a power generation capacity of 60,000MW. So far, the subordinate bodies of the power ministry have provided 4.27 crore connections. Increased power production adds approximately Tk46 million to Tk107 million to the economy. The capacity has increased from 4,942MW to 25,566MW.
Aside from that, 788.2MW of power was added to the national grid from renewable energy sources, with solar power generating 554.21MW, wind generating 2.9MW, hydro generating 230MW, biogas generating 0.69MW, and biomass generating 0.4MW.