STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Engineering Council has claimed that 1,000 megawatts can be saved though efficient measures and the government has undertaken steps to mitigate the energy crisis with policy making as its first priority.

PEC chief Javed Salim Qureshi said this in his address to the 36th annual convention and annual general meeting of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan held recently.

He said that the Power Policy 2015 aimed at offering better incentives and simplified processing to bridge the demand and supply gap currently hovering around 6,000 megawatts.

“The government is also looking forward to implementing the concept of net metering to allow consumers having surplus power from their solar panels or wind systems to sell it to distribution companies acting as producers rather than consumers,” he said.

The energy crisis being faced by the country has eroded growth, reduced the gross domestic product and unfortunately also led to the loss of jobs,” he told his audience. But the President of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan, Mohsin Syed, claimed the country was currently facing a minimum shortage of 10,000 megawatts.

“If we connect 45 percent of Pakistanis who are not connected to the grid, we must plan to generate 50,000 megawatts by 2030,” he said.

He further said that solar energy is an option in which every Pakistani can participate by installing one to five kilowatts in their homes. This can remove 3,000 megawatts of load from the distribution network and this saved energy can be used by industry.

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