Bangladesh: Increasing Access to Energy

Publication | February 2013

This country brief illustrates the challenges facing Bangladesh as it expands its electricity coverage within the country and ADB's support in the areas of energy generation, transmission and distribution.

Bangladesh, with a population of about 150 million, is greatly challenged in providing energy for its people. Limited electrification, energy shortage, and heavy reliance on a single primary energy source (i.e., natural gas that fuels 85% of the country's power generation) all contribute to low access to energy. The government has undertaken a major program to address power shortage, and aims to raise electricity coverage - from 47% of households in 2009 to 65% in 2015. But Bangladesh will need continued assistance to realize this objective, as it presently has the lowest rates in South Asia.

This country brief illustrates the challenges facing Bangladesh as it expands its electricity coverage within the country and ADB's support in the areas of energy generation, transmission and distribution.