Experts seek proper energy infrastructure

Underscore urgency of data-driven approach to expedite transition

Our Correspondent October 05, 2023


Speakers at a conference titled “Renewing Pakistan’s Energy Vision” hosted by Pakistan-based think tank Renewables First (RF) called for a more sustainable and inclusive energy landscape in Pakistan, emphasising the need for an evidence-based, long-term approach.

The conference challenged conventional energy narratives and dispelled myths related to renewable energy. Renewables First’s Basit Ghauri underscored the urgency of adopting a data-driven and unbiased approach to expedite Pakistan’s energy transition.

Experts spotlighted issues causing wind curtailment and capacity surplus in the power sector, stressing the importance of proper transmission infrastructure. Wind Expert, Fozan Waheed, noted that curtailment undermines renewable energy objectives, while Aqeel Jafri, Director (Policy) at Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB), emphasised, “No transition is possible without proper transmission.”

The conference also examined recent electricity price spikes and their underlying causes. Dr Khalid Waleed of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) remarked, “Short-term agreements to address power crises have led to today’s soaring prices. Shifting toward long-term planning and policy implementation is imperative.” Reinforcing the data, Rabia Babar from Herald Analytics added, “Existing data formats impede efficient analysis, hindering well-informed decision-making.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2023.

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