THE Ministry of Electric Power has tripled its spending on electricity supply over the past five years, investing K593 billion (US$481 million) in 2015-16 fiscal year, up from K177 billion ($143m), said Deputy Minister U Maw Tha Htwe in an interview.
The country’s individual consumption of electricity stands at 222 kilowatts, compared to 13,000 kilowatts in the United States, the deputy minister said, adding that world nations use the volume of generated electricity and individual consumption as the yardstick of development.
The installed electricity capacity rose from 3,400 megawatts in 2010 to 5,089 megawatts in 2015, with the deputy minister saying that electricity has been distributed to 15,000 of 60,000 villages across the country.
The National Electrification Plan, conducted in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since 2012, aims to enable all parts of the country to have full access to electricity by 2030. The deputy minister admitted that the plan has just covered 33% of the whole country.
“Much remains to be done to meet the target as only one third of the population live with electricity,” he said.According to the national census taken in 2014, the country has a population of 50.89 million.
Official statistics show that 66% of electricity comes from hydropower stations, 29% from gas-fired power stations, 3% from coal-fired power stations and the rest from wind, solar and biomass sources.
Naing Lin Kyi