Coal is key to generate electricity in South Asia

Coal is still the main energy source to generate electricity in South Asia. That’s according to a study made by the World Bank, which stated it would account for more than 60% […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Coal is still the main energy source to generate electricity in South Asia.

That’s according to a study made by the World Bank, which stated it would account for more than 60% of electricity production in the region between 2015 and 2040.

Electricity generation from renewable sources stands at just 25%.

The research also stated the region has still not developed regional electricity co-operation and trading despite huge benefits.

This is due to limited cross-border transmission links, bottlenecks in the domestic energy infrastructure, poor efficiency and financial performance.

The study expects the total capacity in the region to increase from 276GW to 1,067GW in 2040.

More than 70% of it would be installed in India and only Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would have large shares of coal in their total electricity capacity.