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Rise in per capita Energy Consumption in Nepal


KATHMANDU, February 14: The per capita energy consumption in the country has risen due to regular power supply.

Finance Ministry of Nepal released the half-annual review report which shows that the per capita power consumption has gone up to 267 units in the first six months of the current fiscal year, which is more by 22 units compared to the previous fiscal year. In recent years, the capacity of the industries has also gone up with the regular power supply while the country’s economic growth rate is more than 6% for the past three consecutive years.

A policy of increasing investment in electricity generation should be implemented to replace the use of coal and oil in the process of enhancing economic growth in Nepal. Promoting induction stove in every house and charging station to encourage the electric vehicle both for increasing the power consumption in the country were some ideas that have been forwarded by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). The NEA has also prioritized strengthening, upgrading and expansion of its capacity that is comfortable to endure the load for induction stove and charging stations.

The government has set a target to provide electricity service in every household within 2022 and make per capita electricity consumption to 700 units within four years. According to the Finance Ministry, electricity supply has reached to 4.681 million households till the first six months of the current fiscal year 2019/20 by expanding, upgrading and strengthening distribution line.

A total of 4.5 million households were provided with energy supply within the last fiscal year. The government has announced a programme to fully electrify 40 districts within this fiscal year. Parbat, Syangja, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts have been completely electrified so far. The government has set a program to provide micro-hydro, solar and wind power along with battery storage through alternative energy promotion center at those places where there is no possibility of the national grid.

Source: The Republica