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AEDB approves grid code for wind power projects

Federal Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has directed to expedite completion of 1000 MW wind power generation projects so that cheaper electricity could be added in the national grid at the earliest. He gave these directives while presiding over the 26th board meeting of Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) here on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by CEO Arif Allauddin and public and private sector members and senior officials of AEDB. The minister said that electricity generation from indigenous resources was priority of the government and various steps had been taken to attract investment in this sector. Upfront tariff had already been given to the wind power projects and the same was being announced for solar projects.

The board considered various points of agenda and approved grid code for wind power projects. As per new grid code the share of wind power generation has been increased from 5 percent to 20 percent in the national grid energy mix. The meeting was informed that one more wind project of 50 MW had been completed and on test run to be inaugurated next month. Three projects of 150 MW were under construction while 12 projects of 1100 MW would achieve financial close by 2013-14. The meeting also approved merger of three wind power projects of 30 MW.-PR

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