The cost is three times higher, yet electricity is being purchased from oil-fired power plants.

The cost is three times higher, yet electricity is being purchased from oil-fired power plants.

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At present the power generation capacity in the country is 26,000 MW, but power generation reaches 13,000-15,000 MW in summer and 8,000-9,000 MW in winter. To date, the highest electricity, 15,648 MW, was generated on 19 April 2023.

Gas contributes 42 per cent of the total power generation capacity, furnace oil 24 per cent and coal 17 per cent, while 11 per cent of the total power generation capacity is imported, and diesel and renewable energy contribute 3 per cent.

Whether a power station is operational or not, plant rent has to be paid, known as capacity charge. According to the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), 41 percent of capacity remained idle last year. The Power Development Board (PDB) paid an additional amount of Tk 260 billion for accelerated rental power plants in the last financial year.

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