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Bangladesh has made great strides in expanding its power distribution network, but with an ever-growing population, the country can only produce about two-thirds of its electricity demand. While plans to boost energy production will increase greenhouse gas emission, Bangladesh is the first country to sign a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Government under the “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies” initiative.
USAID promotes improved efficiency in energy generation, bolster regulation of emissions, and expand the use of clean and renewable sources of energy, including solar and wind power. We also partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to introduce more energy efficient cook-stoves that produce significantly less pollution.
Through the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration program, USAID has also been promoting regional energy cooperation since 2001. Over the years, the partnership has built up an extensive network and has identified potential power transmission connections between the countries of the region. Bangladesh and India established one such linkage in 2013, from which Bangladesh is now importing 500 megawatts of electricity.
In 2014, USAID programs in Bangladesh:
- Reduced carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by more than 325,000 metric tons.
- Installed more than 30,000 solar energy home systems.
Last updated: September 19, 2016