|Adult Literacy Class, Bangladesh by Shehzad Noorani|
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Unfortunately many of these positive features are offset by recognition that much more effort is needed to address energy poverty in rural Bangladesh. Even with the model rural electrification program most rural people in the country still have little access to quality energy services. After all, biomass energy such as wood, straw and dung comprise well over 95% of total rural energy use for the country and there are few programs or policies to deal with such energy issues. In other words, there is a lack of balance in the face of Bangladesh’s rural energy realities.
|Bangladesh Rural Energy Use: Figure from Report|
The report has chapters that should make any rural energy, household energy or “energy for the poor” enthusiast pay attention. They cover topics such as:
- Patterns of existing rural energy use based on a national survey;
- Expenditures on energy by income group based on the same survey ;
- Welfare gains from switching to quality energy services such as electricity;
- Productive uses of energy from a separate energy survey of home and local businesses;
- A description of the institutions providing energy to rural areas, and
- A set of policy recommendations presumably for “restoring balance.”
What are the main findings and recommendations for moving the energy agenda forward in rural Bangladesh? Basically they are very positive, and for this you have to “read the book.” There are two ways to do this. One is to use the fancy new e-book that you can read online page by page, but you cannot download it unless you pay for it. This is for the younger generation. Another way is to download a previous very similar version of the report from ESMAP that is free! This version can be both downloaded and printed. This is for the older generation. You know who you are!
Rural Energy Realities E-Book.
Rural Energy Realities Free Book!