How Pakistan can achieve its Energy Efficiency Targets?

Importance of Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Pakistan Energy conservation and efficiency have been repeatedly termed as the low hanging fruit for achieving commitments made by countries at COP 21. Increasing cost of energy, growing energy demand, along with declining energy resources has driven countries, across the world, to ramp up their efforts in achieving …

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Microfinance and Energy Access

Energy poverty or lack of energy access is one of the biggest hindrances to economic development of a country. The cross cutting nature of energy implies that it is central to securing almost all the other sustainable development goals as energy is linked to the objectives associated with poverty eradication, climate change, employment, better delivery …

Harnessing the Power of Business to Tackle Energy Poverty

  Ghulam Abbas, an aged man in his 70s, stokes fire to get some relief from the cold, as his wife, Zehra, lies beside him coughing incessantly. Zehra has developed lung cancer from the smoke fumes she has been exposed to everyday while cooking for her family. Few kilometers away from Abbas’s house, Nuriya is …

Census shows the real state of Pakistan’s electrification

The results of the population census show that the actual electricity access rate of Pakistan is 70.8% as opposed to previously estimated figure of 74%. This means an additional 17 million people in the country are without grid electricity. This takes the number of people, not connected to electric grid, to 60.6 million, from the previously estimated figure of 43.7 million.

Microgrids: Key to lighting up Pakistan’s rural areas

In Pakistan, more than 32,000 villages in the country continue to remain without access to the electric grid, forcing the residents to use traditional sources of energy, including firewood, kerosene and diesel, for meeting their lighting, heating and cooking needs. For majority of these villages, extending the electric grid will continue to be a challenge due to the cost of infrastructure involved. In such areas, microgrids and stand alone systems can provide a viable alternative to building expensive thermal power projects and transmission/distribution lines.

Merger of AEDB with PPIB: What does it mean for future of renewables in Pakistan?

Now that the provincial governments have been empowered to initiate and approve renewable projects and cost of solar and wind energy projects are comparable to conventional energy projects, we don't need a separate agency for renewable energy. The same project processing duties that AEDB has been performing can be taken over by PPIB. As a matter of fact, AEDB would benefit from vast experience and resources of PPIB in executing private sector projects. AEDB manpower and resources will continue to be there. It is not being dissolved.