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A new tourist attraction in Yangon has been sucked in to a bitter dispute between regional MPs and the regional government.
Delphos International, a Washington DC-based company focused on project financing in emerging markets, recently completed the first phase of a study on Myanmar’s energy sector under a project financed by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). At the request of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, the study was expanded to include the state of the national electricity grid and its capacity to handle power from renewable sources. The manager of the project, Mr Eric Shumway, spoke to Frontier’s Thomas Kean about why the ministry has concerns about renewables, comparing the cost of different power generation types and why power shortages could get much worse before the situation begins to improve. Before joining Delphos to manage the project, Shumway was a director at London Economics International, an energy economics consultancy.
Eric Shumway, associate director of Delphos International, speaks to Frontier about Myanmar's acute and growing electricity needs.
The challenges facing Myanmar in meeting demand for power are less about technical skill or knowledge than building consensus behind a viable electrification policy and the capacity to deliver on it.
Out of the wild: Myanmar’s controversial plan to harvest endangered species
Legalising commercial farming of rare species will undercut poachers, says Myanmar’s Forest Department, but conservationists expect the move to lead to increased demand.