ADB is helping bring electricity to villages all over Bhutan, supporting the country’s efforts to provide every home with electricity by 2013. ADB’s assistance to Bhutan’s energy sector has included five loans totaling $132 million. Over the years, ADB has supported projects that have helped install or upgrade 1,260 km, of transmission lines and 1,770 km of distribution lines, bringing electricity to nearly 17,000 households. ADB-supported Rural Electrification and Network Expansion Project, which began in 2004, brings electricity to more than 8,000 new consumers every year, including poor households, schools, and hospitals. Bharat Tamong Yonzen, the Managing Director of the Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC), said that ADB was a driving force from day one in the country’s “electricity for all” initiative. “ADB has been fundamental in providing assistance to the electrification program of Bhutan,” noted Yonzen. In that sense, nearly everyone in Bhutan is a beneficiary of ADB.