‘poweringprogress.org’ is a website hosted by Department of Energy Business (DEB), which is under the mantle of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. It was originally established to share information on the Lao Government’s hydropower development plan, which is an integral part of the country’s electrification program coupled with the development strategy for export of electricity to the neighboring countries. The website has subsequently included all information on the Lao power sector. Department of Energy Business is a Lao governmental agency that took over the role of Department of Energy Promotion and Development since 2006. Information on the Lao power sector and DEB is provided in Background.
On 18 February 2010, in the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the International Environmental and Social Panel of Experts, acting as the Government of Laos Advisors for monitoring the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project, have concluded their 16th mission (from 1 to 17 February 2010) with a presentation to the public and the project partners including the Government of the Laos, the Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC) and all its shareholders, plus international financial institutions such as the World Bank, ADB and ADF.
19th November 2012 - Statemet of the government of Lao PDR on Xayaburi Hydropower Project in pursuit of its poverty reduction policies and modernization programs, the Lao Government has chosen to develop its hydropower potential due to the geographical conditions favorable to hydro energy within Lao PDR.