ISLAMABAD: The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) on Thursday agreed to press ahead with the plan of exploiting the wind energy potential in Balochistan by undertaking a comprehensive resource assessment of potential areas in collaboration with the provincial government and the national transmission company.
The understanding was reached in a board meeting of the AEDB held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division) Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari.
Meeting participants reviewed the potential of wind energy in Balochistan on the basis of available studies and data and deliberated on the possible way forward to tap the province’s potential.
The board also reviewed the overall progress, discussed matters pertaining to renewable energy projects and initiatives of the government and the AEDB for the promotion of renewable energy technologies in the country in view of the recent policy decisions.
Among the major decisions taken during the meeting, the board approved certain amendments to the AEDB (Certification) Regulations 2017 for streamlining the process of certifying the vendors, installers and service providers for solar systems and for allowing certification of the consulting firms related to such applications.
It also discussed the progress made so far on the installation of net metering systems since the launch of a consumer-friendly framework for net metering by the prime minister earlier this month.
It appreciated the fact that there had been a significant increase in installation of the net metering systems.
The board resolved that it would continue to make efforts to create awareness among the people of net metering in order to reap maximum benefits of renewable energy.
It also considered organisational matters of the AEDB for a smooth and efficient functioning and took decisions in that regard.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2018.