Renewable energy share will be enhanced to 20% – Here is how
The Federal Minister for development and Reforms Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar said that the share of renewable energy will be enhanced to 20% in the energy mix of the country.
Bakhtyar told this while chairing a meeting with Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan on integrated renewable energy planning on Tuesday.
People who attended the meeting:
- Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan
- Project Director China Pakistan Economic Corridor Hassan Daud
- Senior officials from Ministry of Energy Power and Petroleum Division
The Agenda of the Meeting:
Officials of the ministry of energy briefed the meeting about the progress on CPEC Energy projects.
Integrated energy planning:
The Member of Energy and Planning Commission Tahawar Hussain briefed on integrated energy planning.
The Federal Minister Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar said that present government attached top priority to cheap renewable sources of energy. In the coming 10 years, its part in the energy mix would be improved up to 20%.
Work on Gwadar Power Project:
While instructing for expediting work on Gwadar Power project, the Minister said that the initiative was a backbone for development in Gwadar.
He said that all matters with respect to energy projects would be finalized jointly with the provincial governments.
Instructing the concerned quarter:
He also instructed quarter concerned to take necessary steps for an early launch of construction work on the Kohala Hydro Project.
Briefing about Pakistan’s energy needs:
Bakhtyar said that Pakistan’s energy needs are growing with the economic growth that requires continuous power generation.
“Pakistan would utilize its indigenous sources of Thar Coal and hydel to meet the rising demands,” he added.
Besides generation, modern evacuation and distribution system would be developed to in place a holistic approach in the energy sector, Minister said.
This approach would support to eradicate line losses and issues of circular debt on a permanent basis.
He instructed to fast-track implementation of the important Matiari to Lahore ±660kV HVDC Transmission Line Project concerning the CPEC energy projects in Thar.
Payments of energy projects:
Bakhtyar further said that issue of payments of energy projects have been settled to a great extent. However, further measures would be ensured to resolve the matter amicably.
During the meeting, officials of Planning Commission and Ministry of Energy were instructed to sit together and develop an integrated energy plan.
Renewable energy in Pakistan is a relatively underdeveloped sector. However, in recent years there has been some interest by the authorities to explore renewable energy resources for energy production.
The government promotes the development of renewable energy sources to achieve cheap and green energy.
With the innovation in technologies, renewable part in energy mix could be enhanced even beyond 20%.
Source: The Nation