Norway’s assistance to Bhutan’s energy sector dates back more than 20 years, and has mainly consisted of support for the hydropower sector. In 2012, Norway and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) entered into a five-year, NOK 100 million agreement with Bhutan to increase access to energy services and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the energy sector. With the support of the Energy+ Partnership, energy efficiency improvements could save 5–8 MW of electricity during periods of peak demand, while increased use of renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency could reduce emissions by 49 %.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley and Norwegian Minister of International Development Heikki E. Holmås. Photo: Trond Viken, MFA, Oslo
<p><strong>Official name:</strong> Kingdom of Bhutan <br /><strong>Capital</strong>: Thimphu <br /><strong>Population:</strong> 725 296 (July 2013 estimate) <br /><strong>Access to electricity </strong>(% of population): 72 (50 in rural areas, 100 in urban areas) <br /><strong>Access to non-solid fuel</strong> (% of population): 60 (45 in rural areas, >95 in urban areas) <br /><strong>Rate of primary energy</strong> intensity improvement, CAGR (%) from 199–2010: -4.260 <br /><strong>Share</strong> (%) of <strong>renewable energy</strong> (RE) in total final energy consumption: 91.7</p><p><em>Source: SE4All Global Tracking Framework (2013), CIA The World Fact Book </em></p>