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Nation marks World Energy Day


2015-10-22

Nation marks World Energy Day

The government considers supplying electricity as a top priority for socio-economic development and eradicating poverty with people enjoying better living conditions today than in the past.

This was the view of Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath who spoke to the media at the ministry on Monday ahead of World Energy Day which is marked today.

In particular, he highlighted the use of electricity and energy in assisting the nation's development. “Around 89 percent of households in the country now have access to electricity,” he said.

Different sectors especially schools, hospitals, manufacturers and businesses had also developed and students in remote areas had electricity to study at night, Dr Khammany said.

The government also has a policy to develop the country into the ‘battery of Asean' due to its location and hydropower potential.

The minister also detailed advances in power generation capacity, noting that in 1995 the country had total electricity capacity of only 210 MW with 1.085 billion KWh of electricity produced but this had increased to 5,047 MW with 26.598 billion KWh today.

There is a high voltage transmission line system that connects the northern provinces to central Laos while the line connecting central Laos to the south will be completed at the beginning of next year.

“This expansion could supply electricity and is the basis of development and the growth of other sectors,” Dr Khammany explained.

Most electricity in Laos is generated by hydropower, which is classified as renewable energy with less social and environment impacts.

Expansion of the national grid has also contributed significantly to local and remote development as well as to national revenue from selling electricity each year.

The energy and mines sector has also focused on raising awareness on the safe use of electricity and its effectiveness for commercial production and better living.

The sector is also continuing to supply sustainable energy with flexible pricing to assist householders and businesses.

The aim of World Energy Day, celebrated annually on October 22, is to send a positive signal worldwide highlighting the importance of choices society makes regarding energy policy, production and the environment.

A world energy conference held from October 22-24, 2012 in United Arab Emirates agreed to allocate October 22 as World Energy Day, noting the importance of energy for all life and that humans and society should have sufficient energy for living and prosperity.

According to the UN Foundation, about 1.2 billion worldwide people have no access to electricity and the development benefits it brings, and 1 billion more have access only to unreliable electricity networks.

 

By Times Reporters 
(Latest Update October 22, 2015)