Kathmandu, November 29
The government is mulling over providing a 50 per cent subsidy on induction stoves to consumers to increase consumption of electricity in the domestic market.
The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI) recently asked the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to subsidise induction stoves and help promote its use to raise the consumption of electricity, as per sources.
The government’s plan to promote use of induction stoves aims at ensuring the consumption of surplus electricity that the country will start producing in the near future.
Currently, the country is producing almost 1,220 megawatts of electricity. However, the government expects that almost 1,000 megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid within this fiscal year with the completion of large hydropower projects such as 456-megawatt Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project and 111-megawatt Rasuwagadi Hydropower Project, among others.
As per MoEWRI, the private sector is currently developing hydropower projects across the country with collective installed capacity of 3,000 megawatts. Once these projects are completed, the country is expected to have huge surplus of electricity.
The government has been floating different plans to ensure consumption of surplus electricity, which ranges from increasing domestic consumption by promoting induction stoves and electric vehicles to exporting energy to neighbouring countries like India and Bangladesh.
A version of this article appears in print on November 30, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.