Pakistan Turns to Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

15 April 2009 (Last Updated April 15th, 2009 18:30)

Pakistan is facing power scarcity because of a gap between demand and supply as power consumption is rising, according to state media reports. Pakistan's Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, said that by December 2009 there would be a 3,500MW electricity boost to

Pakistan is facing power scarcity because of a gap between demand and supply as power consumption is rising, according to state media reports.

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, said that by December 2009 there would be a 3,500MW electricity boost to the system.

The government is expected to announce a mid-term renewable energy policy focusing on alternative and indigenous resources to generate electricity at affordable prices, Ashraf said.

The government will also consider the possibility of adding more wind corridors due to the theoretical wind energy potential of 346,000MW.

Ashraf added that, in order to support development of wind energy sector in the nation, indigenous fabrication of wind towers has also been begun.

The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has lined up donors' assistance of $700m specific for the development of renewable energy in the country.

By staff writer.