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Govt making all out endeavors to generate cheaper electricity: Naveed Qamar

Federal Minister for Water and Power, Syed Naveed Qamar has said that the Government is making all out endeavors to generate cheaper electricity by developing indigenous energy resources, especially renewable in the country.

He said this while presiding over 23rd AEDB Board Meeting held here Monday. He said that renewable energy would not only help shorten the demand and supply gap of energy but also help in having a sustainable energy resource base in the country he added and said that the federal government would continue to help provinces in development of renewable energy resources related to their areas.

The Minister directed AEDB to take up the resource assessment surveys in light of the Prime Minister s recent directives all over Pakistan, especially in the far flung areas of the country, where off-grid energy supply system could be established. This would provide immediate help meet the energy needs of the rural population while also saving expenditure incurred on transmission lines, he added. The Board approved a project for wind energy assessment in Balochistan.

The Minister said that the fast track wind power projects in Sindh would be fully facilitated for their timely completion. He expressed satisfaction on the allotment of land to some wind power projects. He expected that the Sindh government would facilitate the other fast track wind power projects to get the land at the earliest. The Board intimated that due to successful new policy investors are lining up, and has requested for allotment of land for wind power projects.

The Minister directed AEDB to prepare plans for electrification in the off grid areas through solar and biomass and present the plans in the next Board meeting. The Minister also directed to develop standards relating to solar and other technologies to discourage deployment of substandard equipment to be sold in the country. In this connection, he directed the Ministry of Water & Power to suggest a plan of action formulated in consultation with AEDB, ENERCON and other concerned departments of the Ministry.

The Board accepted a suggestion of the Punjab Government to develop a national plan for inducting solar energy in the country. The Board entrusted AEDB to formulate the plan and submit on the next meeting.

The Board approved implementation documents relating to wind power projects being established in Gharo Keti Bandar Wind Corridor, Thatta, Sindh.

The meeting was also attended by Secretary Ministry of Water & Power, CEO AEDB and other members on the AEDB governing Board also represented by the provincial governments.

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