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Aug 1, 2013
Butwal Power Company Ltd. (BPC) is a leading hydropower company in Nepal involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. In Nepal, many rural populations do not have access to electricity because the remote mountainous terrain makes national grid connectivity difficult and expensive. Therefore, in addition to supplying power to the national grid, BPC supplies electricity to 38,000 people in mid-western Nepal, either through direct connections or through one of its 112 rural distribution network partners. By utilizing a tiered tariff structure, BPC is able to make electricity more affordable for low-income customers.
Aug 1, 2012
Companhia Energética do Maranhão (CEMAR) is a power distribution company servicing Maranhão, one of the poorest states in Brazil. As the implementing agency for the government program “Light For All”, CEMAR ensures energy remains affordable by accessing subsidized government loans and grants for infrastructure costs and helping those residential customers classified as low-income to receive a reduction of up to 65% off their energy bills. Since 2004, CEMAR has added 700,000 new customers, nearly 50% of which were rural and low-income populations that did not have access to electricity.