State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Friday hoped that regional cross-border connectivity will make an effective contribution to building a sustainable energy system.
"The regional cross-border connectivity will make an effective contribution to building a sustainable energy system. At the same time, it will build stronger cooperation networks by increasing efficiency, balancing various energy sources and solving geopolitical issues," he said.
The state minister made the remarks while addressing the ministerial meeting titled 'Aligning Power System Connectivity and Sustainable Development: The Green Power Corridor Framework' at the Third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF3) organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the most inclusive intergovernmental platform in the Asia-Pacific region, in Bangkok, Thailand, a press release said here.
Noting that strong energy cooperation and regional interconnection will ensure sustainable power supply in the Asia Pacific region, he said the contribution of renewable energy to Bangladesh's power generation portfolio has been increasing bit by bit.
By 2025, at least 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity generated from renewable sources will be connected to the national grid, he mentioned.
He added that projects to generate 11,706 MW of electricity from renewable sources through 120 projects are underway in various stages.
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation of Nepal Shakti Bahadur Basnet, ESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary for Programs Lin Yang, Executive Director of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Energy (ACE) Nuki Agya Utama and ministers and representatives of member states also spoke on the occasion.