RESTRUCTURING ENERGY MIX OF PAKISTAN
It is no longer a secret that mismanaged Pakistan is blessed with untapped natural resources. The German think tank, Agora Energiewendie sees Pakistan has the potential to generate at least 33,000 megawatts of solar and wind power or more than 48 per cent of the planned increase in electricity production to nearly 70,000MW in the next 10 years. This will entail in generation cost savings of 15pc and emission savings of almost 50pc.
An international webinar was organized jointly by Agora Energiewende, Germany and Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Renewable energy officials and experts. They not only reviewed but also discussed the '2030 solar and wind roadmap for Pakistan' sketched out by National Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) under its Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP) 2022-31.The speakers included Shah Jahan Mirza, CEO, Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Ali Zain Banatwala, deputy managing director, National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC), Tobias März, German climate activist and solar engineer associated with '8.2 Renewable Energy Experts', Hassan Jafar Zaidi, CEO, Power Planners International (PPI), Naila Saleh, project manager, Agora Energiewende, and Lubna Riaz, researcher, Energy, Water & Climate Change Program, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).