Power Generation

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Current situation

Load shedding is a severe issue in Pakistan. The previous government of PML-N, despite numerous claims failed to solve the problem of electricity shortage. According to estimation 22,000-24,000-megawatt electricity is needed in Pakistan. This demand increases up to 5% each year. It means 1,000 or1,200 megawatt is added. But we have never been able to produce more than 18,000-megawatt energy. There is also a difference between demand and supply which has reached 6000 MW. It is expressed in the form of load shedding. The electricity shortage has also affected economy. According to a World Bank report, lack of reliable access to electricity in Pakistan was conservatively estimated to cost the economy dollar 5.8 billion or 2.6 percent of GDP in a year.

Promises

1. PTI will complete electrification of rural areas,

2. PTI will solve circular debt issue through reducing transmission and distribution losses,

3.  Implement our plan to harness our natural resources towards a greener energy mix.

Progress

18 November 2018

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated electrification of Barthi and its adjoining areas of Dera Ghazi Khan district. He said that these areas have been provided with facility of electricity after 71 years, and first time in country’s history, billions of rupees funds have been allocated for development of tribal areas.

7 December 2018

The PTI government has decided to amend the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (Pedo) Act, 1993, to remove legal hurdles after failing to hand over 256 micro-hydel power projects to the local communities in KPK during the last four years. The programme ‘Ujaloon ka Safar’ was launched for the electrification of remote and off-grid areas of the province through these micro-hydel projects as the residents of those areas didn’t have electric supply.

30 January 2019

The federal government has proposed to eliminate taxes associated with manufacturing of solar and wind energy equipment in the country. The purpose is to boost the production and use of renewable power and overcome power shortages. This bill would give five-year exemption from taxes.

8 March 2019

The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has submitted an Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP) 2018-40 to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra). The function of an electric power system is to provide a 24/7 continuous supply of electricity. In order to make it happen, each of the three main components of an electric power system i.e. generation, transmission and distribution must perform and government is working to ensure that.

13 March 2019

US Consul General Colleen Crenwelge inaugurated a state-of-the-art Smart Grid Integration Testing Lab at WAPDA House. The lab, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It will allow the Pakistan Information Technology Company (PITC) to monitor electricity consumption through smart meters that it delivered where it is needed. It will help in checking that the bills are fair.

16 March 2019

The government has signaled that despite enough power generation, the country would face load shedding, the reason being power transmission constraints and line losses.

18 March 2019

Federal Water and Power Minister Omer Ayub Khan said that the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) would import electricity from Tajikistan to overcome electricity shortfall in the country. He said that the government is working hard to stop electricity’s theft and would soon install meters in all 860,000 transformers across the country to identify electricity pilferage.

28 March 2019

The government has expressed hope that it will be able to increase electricity supply to consumers in the summer season this year as 90% of constraints on power transmission have been tackled following the removal of managing director of National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC). According to the officials of the Power Division, the managing director of NTDC had failed to undertake measures to make proper planning for stability of the transmission system in order to avoid blackouts and execute transmission line projects.

31 March 2019

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said a Canadian company has expressed interest in setting up solar plants in Punjab. He said that the company is asked to prepare an off-grid solution for Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Cholistan, Thal and a report after survey of these areas. He said that the Punjab government would provide all facilities to the company. Electricity would be provided in areas where there are no transmission lines.

4 April 2019

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved Rs0.81 per unit increase in the electricity price, putting an additional financial burden of Rs5.2 billion on consumers. However, K-electric and agricultural consumers have been excluded from being charged. The power tariff hike comes days after the prices of petrol and high-speed diesel were increased by Rs6 per litre.

5 April 2019

The Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) Sahiwal circle teams caught 966 pilferers and imposed Rs 28.4 million fine on them. The cases were also got lodged against 692 power pilferers.

6 April 2019

The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) caught another nine people involved in electricity theft.