World Bank releases a first-of-its-kind study on energy access in Nepal

The World Bank has released the results of what it claims is the institutions’ first-of-its-kind study to understand energy access in Nepal.

According to the study:

  • Nepal has recorded remarkable progress in improving consumer access to energy over the past decade.
  • 95 out of 100 households have access to energy whilst 72 out of the 100 have access to reliable, affordable and uninterrupted energy.
  • 70 out of 100 households continue to use firewood and other polluting and harmful fuels for cooking.
  • About 67% of households have uninterrupted access to electricity for at least eight hours a day.
  • 71.7% of households draw electricity from the national grid, while 23% are connected to off-grid sources like micro or mini-hydro and solar energy.

Faris H. Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Manager for Nepal, said: “Since this 2017 survey, Nepal has made further progress by increasing grid electrified population from 72% to 78%. The country has been load shedding free since 2018.  We celebrate these achievements made by Nepal and are very proud of being a partner with the government in further improving the quality of energy services for lighting and clean cooking and better the life of the people in Nepal.”

Providing access to high-quality energy services to each and every person in Nepal is one of the high priorities of the government. “We are working to achieve 100% energy access by 2023,” adds Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation.  

 “With adequate electricity supply in the days to come needs to replace the heavy reliance on imported LPG for cooking, the government will put more emphasis on clean cooking solutions and aim to achieve one electric stove in every home, as stated in the vision laid out in the Energy White Paper in 2018,” reiterates Madhusudhan Adhikari, Executive Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre. 

To access recommendations provided by the report on how Nepal can consumer access to energy, click here