05 Apr 2015
Put your hand up if you’ve experienced a black out in Bangladesh? What’s that, everyone has? It is no surprise to anyone living in Bangladesh that power shortages are a part of life. As the temperature rises, power outages will begin to occur more frequently. Air conditioning units start running, fridges have to work a little harder, fans are on almost 24 hours a day, and water for agricultural irrigation kicks into gear. As much as black outs are frustrating for those with electricity connections, life without energy access is much more challenging. Current energy demand (8,500 MW) far outstrips existing production (peak 7500 MW), with this gap showing no clear sign of decreasing, as the country grows and more people connect to the grid. Outside of the inconvenience, why is this important? It is important for a number of reasons. Access to energy across Bangladesh is limited. With an unstable national supply and over 10.2 million households living in rural areas with no access at all, energy inequality represents a significant issue. Energy plays an important role in human development. UNDP believes that access to energy can open windows for everyone to enjoy the fruits of development and their fundamental human rights.