Energy in Bangladesh

With huge GDP growth and economic reforms, Bangladesh is now in Nuclear energy country. The electricity sector in Bangladesh has the capacity of 15,379 MW as of February’ 2017. Bangladesh’s energy sector is booming. Recently Bangladesh started construction of 2.4 GW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant expected to go into operation in 2023.

In 2016, the total number of consumers connected to the grid is 21.8 million. Out of the 21.8 million 16 million are domestic connections (households), which would represent roughly 50% of all Bangladeshi households (30-40 million). Another 15% of the households have access to off-grid electricity. The government is estimating that more than 70% of Bangladeshi households now have access to electricity (76%, June 2016). The government plans to connect 98% of households mainly through grid extension by 2021 

Source of Light in Bangladesh :


 Source of Fuel in Bangladesh in seven district

Straw/leaf/jute sticks or husks are the most frequently used fuels in Bangladesh accounting for about 78 percent of the total fuel use in 2015 as against 83 percent in 2014. Use of these materials was reported by 55.8 percent residents of the urban area and 93.0 percent of the rural area. The division-wise distribution shows that Dhaka division has the least (62%) use of these fuels, while the highest use (91.1%) was reported in Rangpur division.

The overall use of gas is only about 19.7 percent in 2015 showing an increase of 30 percent over the last one year. In urban area, a little more 40 percent of the households have access to gas as against 5.5 percent in rural households. Among the divisions, Dhaka has the highest use rate (36.9%) of gas and Rangpur the lowest (5.5%). The use pattern of gas in 2015 is consistent with the one in 2014 although level of use has shown some changes.2.3.3 Sources of Light The study documented an overall electricity use by about 78 percent of the households in 2015 as against 68 percent in 2014. The remaining 22 percent in 2015 are solely dependent on the kerosene and other indigenous sources. As expected, urban people are 37 percent more likely to use electricity than their rural counterparts. Among the seven administrative divisions, Sylhet dominates in the use of electricity (83.5%), while Rangpur legs behind in this respect with a use rate of 65.6 percent