Tawfiq urges regional ties to tap seasonal diversity

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:22am on November 20, 2017

Prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Sunday urged neighbouring countries to extend cooperation in electricity exchange using seasonal diversities that increase demand for power in one country while decrease the demand in other countries.
Exchange of electricity between countries in the region involving Nepal, Bhutan, India and Myanmar could ensure optimum utilisation of resources by tapping seasonal diversity, he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a three-day workshop and exhibition to promote renewable energy at a city hotel.
‘Demand for power increases during winter in Nepal and Bhutan against their declining electricity generation capacities at hydel facilities while the demand drastically falls in Bangladesh leaving its fossil fuel-based power plants idle,’ Tawfiq said.
Optimal and efficient use of resources in energy production and consumption could play a vital role with expansion of renewable energy, he said, adding that a sustainable energy solution should involve diversified economic activities in a country.
Dairy farming to meet the demand for liquid milk enables promoting biogas production, he explained.
Speakers highlighted Bangladesh’s achievement in installing approximately 4.5 million units of solar home systems enabling more than 17 million people to have access to electricity in the remote areas of the country.
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority chairman Md Helal Uddin, IDCOL executive director and chief executive officer Mahmood Malik and German organisation KFW Development Finance country director Regina Schneider spoke among others.
Infrastructure Development Company Limited, IDCOL, and German Development Cooperation jointly organised the workshop and exhibition with 50 international participants from 15 countries and 80 local participants.
The objective of the event was to create a platform for renewable energy practitioners to exchange knowledge, ideas and address the challenges, the organisers said.
Local and international organisations set up 35 stalls to exhibit their products and services in the renewable energy industry.