Bhutan’s energy demand could grow by 400 percent by 2030

Bhutan’s energy demand could grow by over 400 percent by 2030 if the country’s energy demand peaks, the department of hydropower systems forecasts.

An official from the department of renewable energy (DRE) in the economic affairs ministry, Karma Sangay, at a seminar in Thimphu on August 10 said, “The high energy demand could peak at 25,270.42 Gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2030 from 5,000GWh this year.”

He said the energy demand from 2010 to 2021 grew by 6 percent annually. The seminar, “Cross Border Energy Trade”, was conducted by the International Institute of Happiness.

“Energy demand in the country is increasing and the demand is quite unpredictable since we have industries and factories coming up in the country’s southern belt,” he said. “A huge demand is anticipated.”

According to the Energy Data Directory 2015, the country’s total energy supply was 650,220 tons of oil equivalent (TOE) in 2014. One GWh is equivalent to 85.98TOE.