Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board has been providing service to rural member consumers for over 37 years. Continued support from the Government of Bangladesh, the donor community, consulting partners, and member consumers will help this program continue to expand, providing the gift of electricity to millions more Bangladeshi households, businesses, and industries.
Rural Electrification Board Act, 2013 has been established instead of Rural Electrification Board Ordinance, 1977 (Ordinance No. LI of 1977) and the name of Board is Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, who were responsible for electrifying rural Bangladesh. Since its inception, the purpose of the program has been to use electricity as a means of creating opportunities for improving agricultural production and enhancing socio-economic development in rural areas, whereby there would be improvements in the standard of living and quality of life for the rural people.
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is a statutory body created in May 1, 1972, by presidential Order No. 59 after bifurcation of erstwhile Bangladesh Water and Power Development Authority. BPDB started its operation with installed Generation capacity of only 200 MW. Installed Generation capacity (August 2015) has increased to 12000 MW approximately.
As part of reform and restructuring a number of Generation and Distribution companies have been created. The subsidiaries of BPDB are:
– Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. (APSCL)
– Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB)
– North West Power Generation Company Ltd. (NWPGCL)
– West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd. (WZPDCL)
The BPDB is responsible for major portion of generation and distribution of electricity mainly in urban areas except Dhaka and West Zone of the country. The Board is under the Power Division of the Ministry of power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh.
BPDB has taken a massive capacity expansion plan to add about 10500 MW Generation capacities in next 5 years to achieve 24000 MW Capacity according to PSMP-2010 by 2021 with the aim to provide quality and reliable electricity to all the people of Country for desired economic and social development. The power system has been expanded to keep pace with the fast growing demand.