LAO ELECTRICITY SYSTEM
Electricity has been the main power for life of people. Recently, Lao Government has built up and developed Lao Electricity System to make residence’s life better.
Laos presents a remarkable success story in rapid national electrification integrated within a broader strategy of national and rural development. On a domestic level, Lao Electricity System is still in an early stage of development. Currently only 41% of households in Lao PDR are electrified but the Government of Lao PDR (GOL) has committed itself to increasing this to 90% by 2020.
On an international level, power markets in the Greater Mekong Sub-region are changing. Bilateral power trading is already established and Laos has been a key participant in this development. Moreover, Laos electrification program have some outstanding features. It maintained a faster pace of implementation compared to most other countries considered to have staged successful national electrification programs.
The government followed up with the policy and financial commitment necessary to manage a pivotal balance between ensuring affordability of electricity connections to the vast majority of the population, and meeting the need to strengthen EDL’s financial health and sustainability to deliver the grid extension program according to schedule.
Electricité du Laos
Electricité du Laos (EDL) is the state corporation of Laos that owns and operates the country’s electricity generation, electricity transmission and electricity distribution assets. The company also manages the import and export of electricity from the national electricity grid of the country. EDL was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Vientiane. In 2010, EDL- Generation Company Limited (EDL-Gen) was operated as a subsidiary of EDL.
Electricité du Laos is the key which leads to successful implementation of the national electrification program in Laos.They draw up a multiyear expansion plan that takes into account the financial and economic viability of the investments made and incorporates a village screening process to maximize social impact to clinics, schools, temples, irrigation and production activities get priority within the constraints of available budgeted resources