10pc power from renewable sources by 2020
State Minister for power tells function
The government is moving forward with an ambitious power generation plan to produce five percent of total power by 2015 and 10 percent by 2020 from renewable energy sources.
Muhammad Enamul Huq, state minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, unveiled the plan at the inaugural function of a three-day international exposition on power and energy solutions at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
The minister said his government has chalked out a renewable power energy generation plan as part of a comprehensive plan to ensure uninterrupted supply of power by 2020. CEMS Global, along with its local chapter CEMS Bangladesh organised the “6th Power Banladesh 2011 International Expo”.
“The government is planning to product five percent of its total power generation by 2015 and 10 percent by the year 2020 to cut huge dependency on fossil fuel” the minister said.
A project has already been undertaken to install solar home systems to provide power to some of inaccessible areas, he added.
The necessary renewable energy policy was drafted in 2008 to harness the potentials of renewable energy in the country, Enamul Huq said.
The Rural Electrification Board is working on popularising solar irrigation pumps across the country, in line with that comprehensive plan, he pointed out.
About other sources of renewable energy, Enamul Huq informed that a tender floating process is underway to generate 100KW power from windmills at Anowara in Chittagong.
He also stressed on efficient use of valuable power as it involves huge money.
Under the banner, a total of four exhibitions will be held at the same venue, focusing on electric power equipment and technology.
A total of 112 companies from 18 countries across the world are taking part in those fairs, showcasing world famous brands of power and energy solutions.
Meherun N Islam, president and group managing director, CEMS-Global USA and Asia-Pacific made the welcome address on the occasion which was also attended by AMCHAM president Aftab-Ul-Islam as special guest.
BanglaCat CMO & EVP Nazmul Haque, chairman of Pirceclub General Trading Ltd, Imdad Haque, director of Energypac Power Generation Ltd, Rezwanul Kabeer and managing director of Rahimafrooz Energy Services Ltd, also addressed the function.
Speakers at the function said country is facing economic problems, including negative balance of payment, triggered by a huge spending in power and energy sector.
Any short term solutions to the complicated problem might result in failure at the end of the day, the cautioned.