GICA RESOURCE LIBRARY
Cross-Border Power Trading in South Asia: A Techno Economic Rationale
Diversity in primary energy sources in South Asian countries and their electricity demand patterns both time-of-day as well as across different seasons open up opportunities for greater use of cheaper and cleaner resources for electricity generation reducing fossil fuel use in the region. Such sharing of resources through electricity trading requires electricity transmission system strengthening including planning and development of cross-border transmission lines. The paper presents the economic and reliability benefits of electricity trading among the South Asian countries with case studies involving six cross-border transmission lines.