Deal made for energy policy research in Peshawar

Published: August 16, 2018
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University of Engineering and Technology. PHOTO: FILE

University of Engineering and Technology. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The national power regulator has partnered with a research centre at a local university in Peshawar to further industry-academia linkages through long-term technical and research collaborations.

In this regard, a Memoran­dum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday between the NEPRA and the US—Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies (USPCAS-E) at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Peshawar.

The MoU is intended to support the development of the industry-academia relationship in Pakistan through long-term technical and research collaboration and capacity building opportunities for the public sector in energy technology and management.

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As a follow-up to the signing of the agreement, NEPRA and USPCAS-E, UET Peshawar will collaborate on energy-specific policy research projects leading to innovative and sustainable outcomes for empirical-based public policy formulation in Pakistan.

NEPRA is the sole autonomous electricity regulator in Pakistan which monitors the efficiency and availability of electric power services in the country and determines the tariffs for power sector companies and electricity consumers.

The USPCAS-E was been set up as a joint programme between UET Peshawar, the National University of Science Technology (NUST) and Arizona State University (ASU) and is part of USAID’s $127 million investment programme to harness applied research to find an innovative and practical solution for Pakistan’s energy and water challenges. It researches the field of renewable energy, thermal systems engineering, energy policy and electrical engineering system, and has been declared as a think tank for energy-related issues in the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2018.

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