Dr Priyantha D C Wijayatunga obtained a Ph.D. in Power Economics from Imperial College, London in 1992 on the Beit Scientific Research Fellowship. He is a Principal Energy Specialist with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He was a Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and the founder and Director General of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Corporate Member of IET, London, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has been the ADB focal point for regional energy cooperation in South Asia since 2008. He has over 25 years of experience in the energy sector and has authored over 75 publications including “Energy Trade in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges” of ADB.
Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable: Why invest in cross-border power-trading
07 Mar 2016
Despite improvements to energy supply over the years, many Indian states still face frequent power shortages. Meanwhile, neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Bhutan have large reserves of untapped hydropower with the potential to meet unserved demand for energy in major load centres. Investing in interconnections could also contribute to significant reductions in carbon emissions. This column quantifies potential gains from an integrated South Asian power.
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