US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster today said cross border electricity in South Asia is expected to be doubled to 5,000 Mw in view of rising demand. “Presently, approximately 2,500 Mw of electricity is traded in the region, a figure expected to double by the end of 2020,” Juster said during a special address at the inaugural session of ‘Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Co-operation and Integration in South Asia’ organised by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe).
He said, “South Asia has a vast diversity of energy resources, particularly hydropower and renewable energy. With rapidly rising energy demand across all the countries in the region, there are huge opportunities for regional development and the optimisation of available energy resources through an interconnected power system, enabled by cross-border electricity trade.” Read more
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