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Prepayment metering in Bangladesh

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  • Prepayment metering in Bangladesh
  • Meyer, Tim-Patrick
  • Global Delivery Initiative; KDI School


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Title Prepayment metering in Bangladesh
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Material Type Report
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Meyer, Tim-Patrick

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[Sejong] : Global Delivery Initiative; KDI School

Date 2016-08
Series Title; No Global Delivery Initiative
Subject Country Bangladesh(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Energy
Territorial Development < Environment
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Holding Global Delivery Initiative
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Abstract

What can a utility company do to prevent the theft of electricity, a major problem in developing countries? This case examines how the public utility in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second-largest city, completely eliminated the theft of electricity that had plagued its operation since the early 1990s by installing prepaid meters.

The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) used to lose millions of dollars a year to electricity theft, a practice facilitated by corrupt meter readers and metering technology that made it easy to illegally tap power lines. These losses prevented the company from operating and maintaining the system properly or making new investments. Insufficient power generation to cover demand and low plant efficiency resulted in erratic power supply and blackouts, which reduced the quality of life of the city’s residents both directly and indirectly (by making manufacturing uncompetitive).