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The government is preaching electricity conservation to the converted: it’s not the consumers who don’t pay their bills, or waste electricity or steal electricity from their neighbors or practice corruption on a large scale or is it? By Fareeha Qayoom

The government is preaching electricity conservation to the converted: it’s not the consumers who don’t pay their bills, or waste electricity or steal electricity from their neighbors or practice corruption on a large scale or is it?

By Fareeha Qayoom

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ctions speak louder than words. Our current government actually doesn’t care about her citizens. They are more interested in making hay while their particular sun shines. They know for a fact that they will not be returning to power anytime soon after completing their current term so they are out to make their presence felt within this term. Their objective seems to be to make history as quickly as possible.

Why would I say that? Well, it’s obvious. The citizens in major cities were protesting against excessive load-shedding since their livelihood is going down the tubes, so the government sat down and came up with a few measures – to conserve energy! (The implication being that it’s the consumers’ who are the problem. They demand and use too much electricity. They don’t pay their bills on-time. They are corrupt. They steal electricity from their neighbors –you must have seen government ads on giant billboards with such messages- and they bribe law-abiding public servants to break the law and doctor their bills and meters and they are the ones responsible for the line losses – solution is in their own hands – conserve energy and accept excessive load-shedding!).

Earth Hour 2009: will you light my candle?
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The government didn’t identify real issues or come up with short term, medium term and long term measures or goals to solve them during the two day power conference. Instead they offered you a band aid to secure your gaping wound that requires at least ten stitches to close it at the conclusion of the conference. Yes, the bleeding will continue and infection might also set in. You might end up amputating the limb as well but what the heck, they think a band aid is enough to solve the immediate problem. (Were you expecting a different outcome from this futile ‘brainstorming’ session? By its very nature, brainstorming sessions never come up with solid solutions anyway – they’re usually an exercise in group-think by sycophants to validate the quick conclusions already thought up by the people in charge and vilify the obstacles or people in the way of implementation based on those conclusions; in other words, it’s an exercise to eliminate all opposing views and identify enemies of the status quo.)

The conservation measures are sure to aggravate the situation some more before the citizens adjust to the brand new reality – for example, one measure involves working from 9:00 to 3:00, five days a week only for the government offices (33 hour work week according to one TV talk show). Nothing wrong with that if the public servants actually worked during the week, since they don’t, (why do you think they require kickbacks to actually do some routine work?) a two day long weekend is meaningless. Still, it might conserve some energy since our government never got around to installing energy saver bulbs or LED lights in public offices or tube lights or fans for their managerial staff. The managers are still entitled to air conditioning and lights with100 watts bulbs at the minimum. So what if the citizens adjusted three years ago when the electricity tariff started going up? So what if the citizens no longer run air conditioning in every room? So what if the citizens have unplugged loads of electric appliances and put them away? The government officers still need irons, washing machines, electric kettles, micro-wave ovens, home computers, television sets, and DVD and CD players to run at home as whim takes them since they get exemptions on their utility bills? Yes, since the government never got around to paying its electricity bills, it wasn’t aware how much it costs to run electricity in this country now. So what if the ordinary citizens keep turning out lights and fans when they leave a room and conserve energy by running only a single AC during the hot summer months? The government regularly forgets to shut down street lights during the day. The government must now also do its part in conserving electricity – its efforts will definitely impact the power outages, you’ll see, the duration will decrease immediately; hence, the ‘energy conservation drive’ three years later, a case of too little too late. (Maybe if the public sector had adjusted to the changed reality three years ago, we might never had load-shedding; since the problem seems to be ‘conservation’, and not ‘payment of unpaid circular debt’ and the resulting low production or utilization of existing capacity for power generation.)

It’s us, the ordinary citizens who work for more than 40- 60 hours a week and still will have to- sigh – who now need to adjust quickly to a new reality – take me for example, Saturday was a half day for me…so I would keep the Saturday afternoons free for banking, paying my utility bills or for shopping for essentials and meeting friends in the city. Saturday is still a half day for me. Unfortunately, however, the commercial banks were closed today because State Bank was closed; (yes, there is the ATM and your credit card for emergencies but not everyone accepts credit cards and sometimes you need more cash than your ATM limit, for those occasions, you have to now go through the inconvenience of taking time off from work to actually go and run your errands and pay your bills or get someone to do them on your behalf) and the markets were practically deserted which is kind of surprising since for the majority of private sector, Saturday is still the weekend.

Windmills
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If you own a shop, you will have to close it down by eight in the evenings. Since majority of your customers will not visit you in the hot mornings or hot afternoons, you will have minimal to nil traffic during the daylight hours and will have a fewer sales hours in the cooler part of the afternoons and evenings, so your livelihood is in more jeopardy now. On Saturdays, you won’t be able to bank your sale receipts with your bank. Robbery and theft will be a constant fear over the weekend. One option is to close shop on Saturdays, which might mean losing a lucrative sales day. Don’t forget many people shop on their days off. Instead of closing shops for a siesta, the government is making you close them in your prime sales hours. Yes, the measure is going to be a big help in conserving energy so what if you lose more business? It’s hardly their problem.

If you run a wedding hall, or a catering business, you need to close it down within three hours in peak season…

Load-shedding is now a year round phenomenon, it impacts the wedding season as well (September to April) so the new measure in place only jeopardizes your livelihood some more. It will not conserve energy since you already brought your own generator as a backup but what it will do now is decrease your business. Who wants to dress up in wedding finery, eat, drink, and be merry for three hours on happy occasions? The guests want to dance all night, be with their loved ones and have fun. People would now prefer to throw their wedding parties at home for select family and friends. There is no point hiring large wedding halls to make merry – weddings are no longer permitted to be celebrations but will be now occasions to make formal announcements of the main event for example, “So and so got married in a private ceremony, let’s eat and drink to wish them well and go home.”  You might as well give up and take for the hills. Wait, the hills are no longer safe either. Tourism is dead and the terrorists live there now. Well, why don’t you jump down a hole and break your leg too?

Yes, my wit is questionable and it’s easier to criticize than offer solutions, let’s play the devil’s advocate for a bit,  the government is doing all she can to solve problems; we have to make allowances for the fact that they are at least making an effort. Well, ask any CEO of any major corporate entity, s/he will tell you, your results count, not your effort.

Doggedly Seeking Energy Savings
Photo by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

So what would I do if I was in charge of solving this problem?

First of all, I would identify the real problem – is it an ‘energy generation’ issue or is it a ‘capacity’ issue or is it an ‘energy conservation’ issue, or is it a ‘upgrading and improving an existing system’ issue, or is it ‘lack of funding’ issue, or is it ‘depending entirely on the depleting and expensive fossil fuels’ issue or is it ‘not having water in our rivers’ issue, or is it ‘low precipitation’ issue, or is it ‘not having a comprehensive energy policy’ issue or is it ‘not having a backup plan’ issue or is it a ‘corruption’ issue or is it having a ‘monopoly’ issue or is it ‘having too much staff’ issue or ‘not having enough staff’ issue or is it not having ‘enough spare parts to fix the damaged parts’ issue or is it ‘God only knows’ issue, (in other words, ‘missing tech staff’ issue)?  Is it a combination of all above mentioned issues? Since, the government seems confused about how to identify the real issue; they can’t solve this particular problem. Adding on Rental Power Plants is only a stop gap solution and is not very effective to begin with, especially if it is costing a ‘lot’ of money to generate a ‘little’ electricity and it’s not even filling the gap in the short term – (by the way, two years is not considered a short term in the private sector. Three to six months are considered a short term – you know a probation period).

Two, I would create a short term, medium term and long term goals and I would make sure if my government goes, the projects do not get derailed. I would pass legislation to ensure that in the parliament by getting all political parties’ agreement now, including the ones who are not in the government but might be in the future.

Three, I would create transparent objectives by consensus and get all stakeholders involved to ensure these are implemented:

  • Short term goal – raise funds to pay off the circular debt so current capacity is utilized in full, reducing load-shedding hours with a schedule posted for all sectors of economy
  • Medium term goal – upgrade and improve the existing energy system, identify what needs to be replaced, what needs to be fixed and what needs to be added and subtracted from the system for an efficient and effective operation, also set up an auxiliary industry to cater for my growing needs, for example, hire local firms or joint ventures to create more energy efficient turbines to replace obsolete or damaged turbines or create indigenous wind mills or solar panels, batteries, spare parts, etc
  • Long term goal: set up new infra-structure to support existing systems and infrastructure to generate additional energy for projected demand based on projected population and industrial growth –through hydro, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar, bio-fuels, alternative sustainable green solutions and rental pipelines. Since all these means might impact my environment, set up an environment plan to minimize the impact – plant more trees! Also set up self supporting small and medium energy units (generation and distribution) that can be run by small villages, towns and cities by themselves in far flung areas. (India is even generating power through tube wells for their small villages for example!)

Four, communicate my energy plan to consumers, stakeholders, media and staff and give them an option to track my progress through all its phases.

It seems pretty simple to me. And I do not have a degree in rocket science. All it takes is a little common sense! However, since common sense is not all that common (fortunately I don’t work for the government – thank God!), and since this is a simple plan, no way would it get implemented even twenty years from now! The government needs a complicated energy plan that can’t be understood by its stakeholders, media, experts or consumers. Only then can she succeed in implementation and since that’s her plan, you can go crazy trying to identify issues, they can keep the denial in place as a policy.

My advice, conserve energy – don’t burn tires. Don’t do peaceful demonstrations to voice your protests. Don’t arrange talk shows; don’t invite energy experts, economy experts and government experts and talk the issue to death. It might backfire on you like it did now.

The problem is too complicated and is beyond common sense. Leave the government alone so it can continue to pose as a ‘problem’ instead of a ‘solution’ by blaming its citizens for all its woes. If you can’t even do that; start working on acquiring a dual nationality for your entire family, (or join the terrorists! – just kidding!). Chances are; you might get lucky before the government does (finding a simple solution to a simple problem). ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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    June 11, 2010 —
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  24. Farmers may buy solar, wind energy equipment
    Saturday, June 12, 2010
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    ZTBL inked an agreement with Chinese firm Xi’an Hong Yuan Equipment to introduce alternative energy technology for agriculture in Pakistan.

    Huang Minzhu of Xi’an Hong Yuan and Amna Imran, SEVP of the Bank signed the Memorandum of Understanding for introducing solar, wind and water conservation equipment to farmers.

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  25. PM asks provinces to pay outstanding electricity dues

    * Gilani directs for daily monitoring of circular debt
    * Centre to provide immediate financial relief of Rs 41.4 billion to PSO

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday urged provincial governments to honour their commitments made during the energy summit and clear their outstanding dues of electricity to help reduce the circular debt.

    The prime minister said this while chairing a special meeting held at the PM’s House to review the circular debt issue and the dues owed to Pakistan State Oil.

    Monitoring: Gilani directed the ministries concerned and organisations for closer coordination with the stakeholders, including the provincial governments, within the next few days to resolve the circular debt issue.

    He said circular debt should be monitored on a daily basis and the dues of various organisations be settled.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\16\story_16-6-2010_pg7_2

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  26. 12-day gas suspension

    LCCI rejects SNGPL plan for industrial units

    * Zafar says gas authority repeatedly targeting industrialists

    Staff Report

    LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday rejected the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) plan to suspend gas supply to industrial units for consecutive 12 days in July and urged the authorities to shelve the plan for the sake of economy that was already facing multiple challenges.

    In a statement issued here, LCCI President Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry said that the logic of the SNGPL was baseless as it was targeting the industrialists in Punjab time and again. He said that the industry in Punjab was already in dire straits due to one-day gas holiday imposed on it by the SNGPL while there was no concept of holiday for the industrial consumers of the Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGPL).

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\16\story_16-6-2010_pg13_2

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  27. US assures help in overcoming Pakistan’s energy shortfall

    * Energy Working Group reviews progress in implementing US programme’s first phase

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: The US assured Pakistan, during a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future prospects for greater cooperation in the energy sector, that it would assist in addressing the hardships experienced by Pakistanis due to energy shortfalls.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\17\story_17-6-2010_pg7_5

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  28. Power tariff up by 7.6pc, POL prices down 2pc
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Thursday, 01 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government notified on Wednesday an across-the-board 7.6 per cent increase in tariff of all power companies.

    Separately, the government also notified a two per cent reduction in prices of petroleum products with effect from July 1 because of a decline in international oil prices. It reduced the number of slabs for domestic gas consumers from seven to four without any change in average sale rates of natural gas.

    A statement issued by the water and power ministry said the government was under obligation to increase electricity tariff in three stages (six, 12 and six per cent) last year, but the six per cent raise scheduled for April 4 could not be effected because of generation constraints and reduced power supply.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-power-tariff-up-by-7.6pc%2C-pol-prices-down-2pc-170-rs-04

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  29. Power defaulters’ list includes all organs of state
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Tuesday, 29 Jun, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The federal and provincial governments, armed forces, judiciary and police owe power companies over Rs282 billion–one of the major factors responsible for plunging the country into darkness.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/power-defaulters-list-includes-all-organs-of-state-960

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  30. Govt should withdraw decision to increase power tariff’

    * Citizens, businessmen lament the 82 percent increase in power tariffs in last three years

    LAHORE: Citizens and businessmen, expressing resentment over the 82 percent increase in power tariff in the last three years, demanded the government take back its recent decision of introducing a six percent raise in power tariffs on Wednesday.

    Recording his protest, Council of Pakistan Affairs (CPA) Chairman Mian Qamar Zaman told Daily Times that the government was not working on increasing its resources and was ultimately shifting the burden on citizens by increasing power tariffs and inflation. “The upper-class are stealing electricity in connivance with WAPDA employees, ranging from a lineman to a sub-divisional engineer. The government needs to focus on increasing resources and controlling power theft,” he added.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\01\story_1-7-2010_pg13_8

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  31. Electricity disconnection

    CDA pays Rs 150m installment to IESCO

    ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday paid Rs 150 million to Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) for restoration of electricity supply, which was disconnected on Tuesday due to non-payment of dues. According to sources, electricity supply will be restored to all offices of CDA and traffic signals today

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\01\story_1-7-2010_pg11_5

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  32. While our government sleeps on the job – other governments of the world are exploring alternative energy solutions…

    Obama gives $2 billion to solar energy companies
    Saturday, 03 Jul, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama announced Saturday the awarding of nearly two billion dollars to two solar energy companies that have agreed to build new power plants in the United States, creating thousands of new jobs.

    “We’re going to keep fighting to advance our recovery,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “And we’re going to keep competing aggressively to make sure the jobs and industries of the future are taking root right here in America.”

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/business/03-obama-gives-2-billion-to-solar-energy-companies-ss-08

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  33. Nepra proposes up to 17pc cut in power rates of Wapda cos
    Wednesday, 07 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has proposed a reduction of up to 17 per cent in electricity rates for Wapda’s distribution companies.

    The Nepra has forwarded to the federal government its tariff determination for Islamabad and Quetta electric supply companies for the last quarter (April-June 2010), suggesting a reduction of 3 to 7 per cent for Islamabad and between 8 and 17 per cent for Quetta.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/16-nepra-proposes-up-to-17pc-cut-in-power-rates-of-wapda-cos-770-hs-03

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  34. PEPCO not to change day-night power tariffs
    Upadated on: 08 Jul 10 10:47 PM
    Staff Report

    LAHORE: The Director General of PEPCO, Muhammad Khalid has announced that no change is being made in day or night power tariffs and same rates will be charged for peak and off-peak hours, SAMAA reported Thursday.

    Earlier DG PEPCO announced split power tariff rates for day and night, and categorized them in two categories and told that the new power tariff structure has been split into peak hours and off-peak hours categories. The day time is set as off-peak hours category while the night time has been set as peak hours category while NEPRA has already approved this new format with rates.

    http://www.samaa.tv/News22463-PEPCO_not_to_change_daynight_power_tariffs_.aspx

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  35. Govt ready to privatise power distribution companies for better’

    * Power Minister Pervaiz Ashraf says he is willing to go ahead with proposal if it helps bridge electricity demand-supply gap

    Staff Report

    LAHORE: Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that he is ready to privatise electricity distribution companies if the move helps bridge the electricity demand and supply gap in the country.

    Addressing the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Saturday, Ashraf offered the LCCI to get bulk supply of power from PEPCO and distribute it to industrial units itself. LCCI acting president Ijaz Mumtaz, Vice President Faisal Iqbal Sheikh, LCCI former presidents Tariq Hameed, Mian Misbahur Rehman and Mian Anjum Nisar also spoke on the occasion.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\11\story_11-7-2010_pg7_12

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  36. 20m euros accord for energy saving plan
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Saturday, 10 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and France on Friday signed a financing agreement worth 20 million euro as component of the $1.1 billion Energy Efficiency Investment Programme jointly financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the French Development Agency (AFD).

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/20m-euros-accord-for-energy-saving-plan-070

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  37. Call to withdraw raise in power tariff and end power outages

    KARACHI: “Load-shedding by KESC should end and illegal tariff hike by NEPRA should be withdrawn with immediate effect to provide relief to people.” The was stated by Advocate Jawaid Siddiqi at a press conference organized by Helpline Trust and Shehri at the Karachi Press Club. He was talking about the increasing tariff rate being allowed to KESC by NEPRA. He stated that WAPDA and various other power generating companies have enough generation capacity to meet the demands of electricity in Pakistan.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\11\story_11-7-2010_pg5_11

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  38. Energy conservation plan does wonders
    Monday, July 12, 2010
    By Umer Bhatti

    LAHORE

    The federal government’s energy conservation plan ñ two weekly holidays and closure of markets at 8 pm – has caused remarkable reduction in power demand by 1,111 MW, bringing load-shedding down to less than half the corresponding period last year.

    The reduction in load-shedding has more to do with energy conservation than the addition of power plants in the national grid. Therefore, the people’s contribution in reducing the load shedding must be given credit along with the impeccable load management by the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO).

    Thrift, always a virtue, helped reduce the load shedding, too. The plan of markets closure, given by the Prime Minister in April, brought load shedding (for domestic users) down to two hours.

    It is important to mention here that the load shedding and the abrupt outages, which are still being observed in some cities across the country, are mainly because of the local transmission and grid constraints of their respective Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

    There are total 388 market feeders within the PEPCO system across the country and their exact load is 1,111MW. In case of Lahore, the total market feeders are 83 and their load is 415MW.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=250214

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  39. GEI team calls on Zardari

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the General Electric International (GEI) of the United States headed by Ferdinand Falco Beccalli, its president and chief executive officer, called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.

    The delegation also included Kursat Ozkan, Corporate Regional Executive, Karan Bhattia, Vice President General Electric Corporate and Lorenzo Simonelli, Vice President General Electric Rail.

    The meeting was part of series of meetings the General Electric International is holding in Pakistan to explore different avenues of investment in power generation, wind energy and building of fast track railway lines in Pakistan.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=251297

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  40. ‘Generation through steam turbines can check power tariff hike’

    Saturday, July 17, 2010
    By our correspondent

    LAHORE: Power generation through steam turbines is one of the solutions to control high-cost of electricity and acute power shortage, an official said on Friday.

    Addressing the members of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Mian Suhail Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of a private turbine manufacturing firm said that there is a dire need to adopt alternative means of electricity generation in the face of worst-ever electricity crisis.

    He said that the use of biomass or coal to generate electricity by using steam turbines and high pressure boilers is a solution to energy problem.

    “Through this system the industrialists could generate cheaper energy to ensure uninterrupted power supply as it carries no transmission or distribution losses.”

    Power generation with steam turbines is not only environment-friendly, but also curtails dependence on the national grid, he said.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=251119

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  41. Prime Minister inaugurates power plant
    LAHORE, Jul 17 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Saturday said the government has prepared a comprehensive plan to double the power generation capacity of the country within in next ten years by initiating projects that could add a minimum of 20,000 MW by the year 2020. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of 225 MW Orient Combined Cycle Power Plant at Baloki, District Kasur the Prime Minister said it is the vision of the government to double the power generation capacity of the country within the next ten years that will be in addition to the projects already under implementation.
    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109597&Itemid=2

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  42. CCI approves construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam

    * Prime minister says Council of Common Interests needs to play more effective, visible role to resolve national issues

    ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI), which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday, unanimously passed a resolution approving the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam.

    The resolution reflects national consensus, said the PM, and would send a positive signal for the future progress and prosperity of the country.

    The CCI was apprised that the Diamer-Bhasha Dam on completion in 2019 would have a water storage capacity of 6.4 MAF and would produce 4,500 megawatts of electricity.

    It was also mentioned that the dam would pay back its cost within eight years after its completion.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\19\story_19-7-2010_pg1_6

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  43. $0.94 lowest bid for energy saver
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Friday, 23 Jul, 2010

    LAHORE, July 22: Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) on Thursday opened financial bids for supply of 10 million energy savers, and found Firefly Lighting from China lowest at $0.948 per unit.

    According to director-general (energy management) Muhammad Khalid, three firms had cleared the technical bid stage on Dec 30, 2009. Of them, one did not refresh validity of security bonds, and was dropped.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/lahore/$0.94-lowest-bid-for-energy-saver-370

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  44. Govt to pursue quick import of 1000 MW electricity from Iran: PM
    ISLAMABAD, Jul 23 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday said his government would positively pursue early finalization of feasibility study for import of 1000 MW electricity from Iran to undertake this project as soon as possible. The Prime Minister said he would call the meeting of all the relevant departments on this project to assure that the project is fast-tracked.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110168&Itemid=2

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  45. Centre unwilling to finance Thar Coalfield infrastructure projects
    By: Ramzan Chandio | Published: July 24, 2010

    KARACHI – The PPP-led Federal Government is reluctant to finance the multi-billion rupees infrastructure projects floated by Sindh government to ease the investment climate at Thar coalfield, officials sources told The Nation on Friday.
    The concept paper of infrastructure projects ranging from construction of road network, water provision, lying of railway network to installation of power transmission lines and water provision to the Thar coalfield have been prepared by Sindh government, which need a huge amount of over one billion dollar to start such schemes practically.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/24-Jul-2010/Centre-unwilling-to-finance-Thar-Coalfield-infrastructure-projects

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  46. LNG import delay to inflict Rs18b loss
    ISLAMABAD: The controversy surrounding the multi-billion-dollar Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import contract will cause a whopping Rs18 billion loss as the gas is meant to replace costly furnace oil for power generation, said a top official on Thursday.

    Petroleum and Natural Resources Secretary Kamran Lashari told The Express Tribune in an interview that unnecessary delay in the finalisation of Mashal LNG import project, which is designed to import 500mmcfd gas per day, was causing Rs3 billion or $35 million loss per month.

    “We are largely dependent on furnace oil for electricity generation. Had the controversy not arisen, the project would have become operational by the end of 2011. Now it would be completed with a delay of at least six months,” said Lashari.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/30258/lng-import-delay-to-inflict-rs18b-loss/

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  47. Power tariff to go up by 64 paisa
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Tuesday, 27 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has allowed 64 paisa per unit increase in power tariff for consumers of nine distribution companies of Wapda with effect from July 31, on account of monthly fuel cost adjustment.

    A Nepra official told Dawn on Monday that the power companies had requested for an increase of Rs1.02 per unit under the fuel adjustment formula for the month of June.

    The Nepra, however, allowed 64 paisa increase and turned down the request for another 38 paisa increase that the companies had sought on account of system losses, late payments and overall circular debt.

    http://news.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/power-tariff-to-go-up-by-64-paisa-770

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  48. PML-N submits motion on power tariff hike in NA
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Condemning the increase in sugar price at Utility Stores and hike in electricity tariff, opposition members belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) on Tuesday submitted separate adjournment motions to the National Assembly Secretariat seeking debate on the matters on the floor of the Parliament.

    Chief spokesman for the party Ahsan Iqbal warned that such decisions could ultimately lead to a popular movement against the government.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/pmln-submits-motion-on-power-tariff-hike-in-na-870

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  49. Five-day week to continue till October 31
    By Ahmad Hassan
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that 1,708 megawatts of electricity had been added to the national grid and another 2,000MW would be added by the end of the current year.
    He was speaking at a meeting held to review the energy situation which decided to continue to implement conservation measures introduced in April, including a five-day work week and closure of trade and businesses by 8pm.

    In a significant move, the federal finance minister accepted a request of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to adjust its electricity dues with net hydel-power profit that was to be paid to it in instalments.

    “The energy review summit, attended also by provincial chief ministers, decided to continue with the conservation measures agreed upon in the first energy conference. It was also decided that strict implementation of conservation measures will be ensured at all levels,” a handout said.

    The meeting decided to carry on with the conservation measures, despite Punjab government’s opposition to two weekly holidays.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/fiveday-week-to-continue-870

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  50. PSO gives ultimatum to power companies for dues clearance
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: With rising overdraft to Rs39 billion, the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) on Wednesday gave an ultimatum to power companies to clear their dues by July 31.

    A PSO spokesman told that if the companies do not pay their dues by the given deadline the PSO will cut off their supplies.

    The spokesman said HUBCO, KAPCO and WAPDA have to pay Rs55 billion, Rs20 billion and Rs45 billion respectively.

    “PSO’s total receivables stand at Rs139 billion. While our over draft limit has almost reached the ceiling of Rs40 billion,” the spokesman elaborated.

    “We need money to avoid default in international market,” he emphasised.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/business/pso-gives-ultimatum-to-power-companies-for-dues-clearance-jd-02

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  51. Power generation, circular debt cost extra Rs152bn
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan had to bear an additional burden of Rs152 billion on the import of petroleum products, excluding crude oil, during the last financial year (2009-10) owing mainly to higher furnace oil required for power generation and non-resolution of energy sector circular debt.

    However, this additional burden on consumers and the national exchequer earned a windfall benefit to the Federal Board of Revenue in the shape of higher revenue.

    The general sales tax on petroleum products is fixed in terms of percentage at 16 per cent which automatically goes up if prices go up or finished products are imported rather than crude oil.

    Official data suggest the country had to import petroleum products worth $6.917 billion (Rs580 billion) during the last fiscal year against $5.5 billion (Rs429 billion) of the preceding year (2008-09), showing a substantial increase of more than 25 per cent.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/19-power-generation,-circular-debt-cost-extra-rs152bn-870-hh-11

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  52. Power tariff may go up by another 24pc
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Saturday, 31 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided in principle to increase electricity tariff by another 24 per cent this year, introduce reformed general sales tax (GST) on Oct 1, and cut federal and provincial expenditures by up to Rs280 billion.

    A finance ministry official said the government would increase electricity tariff by eight per cent after every quarter, with the first hike taking effect from Sept 1. He said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had estimated that a 49 per cent increase was required this year to bridge the power companies’ financing gap. The government had initially envisaged a 33 per cent increase.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-power-tariff-may-go-up-by-another-24pc-170-hh-08

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  53. Power sector circular debt haunts govt
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The issue of circular debt of the energy sector is surfacing again after the debt crossed the Rs179 billion mark last week despite instructions given by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in April that it should be eliminated within 15 days and Rs301 billion responsibility be transferred to the federal government.

    In addition to this, the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) has informed the federal government that it faced a revenue gap of another Rs256 billion during the current fiscal year.

    The circular debt has been increasing despite injection of about Rs71 billion into the Pepco accounts since April 25 when the debt stood at Rs116 billion.

    The electricity tariff has been increased by more than 70 per cent since March 2009, translating into over Rs200 billion, the federal government has taken over Rs301 billion debt and parked it in the newly-created Power Holding Company Limited for recovery from tax payers and paid about Rs71 billion to Pepco.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/power-sector-circular-debt-haunts-govt-280

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  54. PSO stops supply to power firms
    Sunday, 01 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: With overdrafts swelling to Rs40 billion ceiling, the cash-starved Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has decided to cut off supply to private power companies from Sunday (August 1).

    “Yes, we would not be able to continue supply to the private entities especially Kapco and Hubco from August 1. We have been writing to them over the past one week and they have been very clear on our ultimatum but no positive response has been received so far in terms of payment or payment schedule,” a PSO source told APP on Saturday.

    The source said the PSO had exhausted all its financial resources with overdraft touching Rs40 billion creating chances the PSO may default on its letters of credit as well.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/19-pso-stops-supply-to-power-firms-180-hh-12

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  55. Inter-circular debt continues to haunt power sector
    EDITORIAL (August 04 2010): Pakistan State Oil (PSO) was compelled to restore furnace oil supply to Hubco and Kapco on credit, in spite of the fact that the deadline of 1 August, set by PSO, passed without either company making the due payment. PSO, quite understandably, simply does not have the funds to make purchases and sustain an uninterrupted supply of fuel to Hubco or Kapco, without being paid.

    However, this malaise of non-payment is not limited to the generating companies and PSO, but extends to all those engaged in the power sector giving rise to what is referred to as the circular debt: from customers, specifically the provincial and federal governments who routinely default on their monthly bills, to utility companies that default on payment to their supplier, to the oil marketing companies who default on crude oil payments

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1087602&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  56. Gas and oil supply disruption causes 3,500MW shortfall
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Wednesday, 11 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Disruption in the supply of natural gas and fuel oil because severe damage caused by flood to some major installations and transportation network has resulted in a shortfall of more than 3,500 megawatts of electricity, leading to up to seven hours of loadshedding across the country.

    The power shortage will persist longer than estimated also because of a delay in the commissioning of some under-construction power projects which were nearing completion. Six power stations of about 1,500MW are already off the national grid.

    The government will have to airdrop petroleum products in some parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Dera Ghazi Khan where the road network has been badly affected.

    Disruption in gas supply from Qadirpur field — the country’s third largest — will lead to a loadshedding of gas for industry, transport, fertiliser and other sectors, except domestic consumers, from Wednesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-gas-and-oil-supply-disruption-causes-3,500mw-shortfall-180-hh-18

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  57. Beyond Fossil Fuels
    Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover

    By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    Published: August 9, 2010

    LISBON — Five years ago, the leaders of this sun-scorched, wind-swept nation made a bet: To reduce Portugal’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, they embarked on an array of ambitious renewable energy projects — primarily harnessing the country’s wind and hydropower, but also its sunlight and ocean waves.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/science/earth/10portugal.html

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  58. Renewable energy is the cash crop of the future for British farmers
    There’s a new beast on the loose in the countryside.
    By Sarah Butler and Rowena Mason
    Published: 10:32PM BST 14 Aug 2010

    Visitors are stalking Britain’s rural communities in unsuitable footwear, offering farmers the deal of a lifetime. They’re not pushing a wonder fertilizer or trying to side-step their local farmers’ market in the hunt for a new superfood, but offering help to cash in on the new gold rush – solar power.

    Since April, when the Government brought in new subsidies to promote the development of renewable energy, farmers have found they hold the key to a secure investment.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/7945714/Renewable-energy-is-the-cash-crop-of-the-future-for-British-farmers.html

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  59. Increase in electricity tariffs sought
    ISLAMABAD: Electricity distribution companies have requested an increase of 52 paisa in per unit price of electricity under the fuel variation tariff adjustment formula in the first month of fiscal 2010-11.
    The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has approved the consideration of the request through the Central Power Purchasing Authority (CCPA) and it is expected that following the hearing next week, Nepra will allow electricity distribution companies to increase their rates upwards. The final decision will be at the discretion of Nepra.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/41009/increase-in-electricity-tariffs-sought/

    NEPRA increases power tariff
    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has allowed 64 paisa per unit increase in power tariff under the fuel price adjustment formula. The new rates will be visible in August bills.
    Power production companies had demanded an increase of Rs1.2 per unit. Nepra had allowed a 14 paisa increase in electricity tariff of eight distribution companies of Wapda on June 29.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/31157/nepra-increases-power-tariff/

    64 paisa hike in electricity tariff
    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has approved a 64 paisa per unit hike in electricity rates for June under the monthly fuel adjustment formula. However, this in effect means a 27 paisa per unit reduction for consumers since the increase allowed to power distribution companies under May’s adjustment was 91 paisa. The decrease of 27 paisa will be reflected in the new bills the consumers are set to receive.
    On Monday, Nepra reviewed power distribution companies’ petitions sent through the Central Power Purchasing Agency for an increase of Re1.06 per unit under the “monthly fuel variation tariff adjustment formula”.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/31328/64-paisa-hike-in-electricity-tariff/

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  60. Nine Discos: Nepra slashes tariff for consumers
    MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN
    ISLAMABAD (August 27 2010): The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has slashed electricity tariff for consumers of nine power Distribution Companies (Discos) by 38 paisa per unit on account of fuel surcharge adjustment. However, this impact will not be passed on to lifeline consumers who use 50 units or less in a month.

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1096273&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  61. Hard for government to go for power tariff hike
    ZAHEER ABBASI
    ISLAMABAD (August 27 2010): The government is finding it extremely difficult to consider any increase in power tariff despite immense pressure to eliminate subsidy and reduce the existing 33 percent gap between power production cost and tariff, sources in the Finance Ministry said.

    They added that the economic managers of the country would try to convince the IMF that any increase in power tariff in these circumstances is not possible. The government has failed to comply with two critical conditions of the IMF: (i) implementation of reformed GST, and (ii) withdrawal of subsidies to the power sector. Technical discussions with the IMF are currently under way in Washington DC for an extension of the deadline to meet these conditions.

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1096276&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  62. Ogra seeks change in gas pricing mechanism
    ZAFAR BHUTTA
    ISLAMABAD (August 27 2010): Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has proposed to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to amend existing gas price mechanism by linking rates with Gas Calorific Value (GCV), sources in Ogra revealed exclusively to Business Recorder.

    Ogra has dispatched a letter to the Petroleum Ministry suggesting a change in the gas pricing mechanism subsequent to CNG Association taking up the issue with the authority arguing that gas utilities – SNGPL and SSGCL – were charging higher gas rates from all types of consumers after raise in GCV. In the prevailing mechanism, Ogra takes average GCV to determine the gas price across the board.
    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1096279&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  63. Power rates to go up by 26 paisa
    August 25, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has given the green light for a 26 paisa per unit increase in electricity tariff for the month of July.
    The permission for tariff hike was granted to electricity distribution companies under a monthly fuel price adjustment formula. Nepra is expected to notify the increase on Wednesday (today).
    Sources said Nepra allowed the tariff increase after meeting with all stakeholders.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/42666/power-rates-to-go-up-by-26-paisa/

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  64. Plan for 28 percent raise in power tariff?
    MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN
    ISLAMABAD (August 30 2010): The government has prepared a secret plan to increase power tariff by 28 percent in three phases, starting from October 1, 2010 to generate Rs 127 billion additional revenue with 4-6 hours of daily load shedding, official sources told Business Recorder.

    The proposed draft has reportedly been cleared by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Finance Ministry, the Planning Commission, and the Ministry of Water and Power. This increase in tariff would be over and above the monthly fuel adjustment, to be announced by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra).

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1097255&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  65. Pepco to be wound up by October 31
    ZAFAR BHUTTA
    ISLAMABAD (August 31 2010): Cabinet Committee on Restructuring (CCoR) on Monday decided to wind up Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) by October 31, 2010, sources told Business Recorder. They said the World Bank has asked Pakistan government to wind up Pepco on fast track basis and grant autonomy to power distribution and generation companies under the restructuring plan. Pepco plays the role of an oversight body in power sector.

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1097758&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  66. Yet another hike in electricity tariff
    EDITORIAL (September 02 2010): According to a Business Recorder exclusive, the Business Plan for the energy sector – cleared by multilateral donor agencies – dictating specific reforms of the sector as part of the monetary assistance package that is largely provided at market rates – as well as by relevant domestic ministries/department, has been approved.

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1098604&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  67. Plan to hike electricity tariff put off
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government has put off its plan to increase electricity tariff by more than 25 per cent in three phases during the current fiscal year after reaching an understanding with international lenders not to further burden the consumers already suffering from high inflation, loadshedding and devastations caused by floods.

    “Increase in electricity tariff is not possible in the given circumstances,” a government official told Dawn on Friday, adding that International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other multilateral agencies realised the enormity of the economic and political challenges faced by the country in the aftermath of the floods.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/plan-to-hike-electricity-tariff-put-off-490

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  68. ADB holds ministry, Nepra responsible for power woes
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Tuesday, 14 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank has held two major power sector stakeholders — the Ministry of Water and Power and the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) — responsible for most of the ills Pakistan’s power sector is facing today, including loadshedding, system losses and high tariffs.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/adb-holds-ministry,-nepra-responsible-for-power-woes-490

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  69. Power tariff increased for all consumers

    * Per unit price increased by 21 paisas for consumers with less than 50 units

    * Price for above 50-unit category at Rs 4.8 now

    * Rs 6.180 per unit price for industrial consumers

    By Zeeshan Javaid

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government has increased electricity prices by 21 paisas to upto Rs 6.18 per unit for all consumers, except for those living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    According to a notification issued by the Federal Water and Power Ministry, the price hike will be applicable to all types of electricity consumers (lifeline, domestic, industrial, agriculture).

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\18\story_18-9-2010_pg1_5

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  70. Power woes set to worsen, two plants starved of fuel
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 18 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Consumers will start facing more than four hours of electricity loadshedding on Saturday going up to eight hours by Sunday after Pakistan State Oil stopped supplies of furnace oil to the country’s two largest power plants — Hubco and Kapco — because of non-payment of dues of over Rs84 billion.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/power-woes-set-to-worsen-2-plants-starved-of-fuel-890

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  71. China in talks to export Pakistan bigger nuke plant
    Monday, 20 Sep, 2010

    BEIJING: China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) is in discussions to build a 1-gigawatt scale nuclear power plant in Pakistan, after having built two there and signed agreements for two other smaller ones, a CNNC executive said on Monday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-china-talk-pakistan-nuclear-qs-04

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  72. Government decides to wrap up Pepco
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Tuesday, 21 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: In pursuance of a reforms agenda pushed by international lenders, the government has decided to sell 5-10 per cent shares of power distribution companies to the general public, change their management, fire meter readers and replace the Pakistan Electric Power Company with a new cell within the federal government.

    All the measures and a 24-35 per cent increase in electricity tariff, partly during the current fiscal year, were discussed on Monday at a meeting of the Planning Commission.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/discos-share-offer-mooted-meter-readers-to-go-govt-decides-to-wrap-up-pepco-190

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  73. After Pepco, power bills in KP to go up by 45pc
    By Ismail Khan
    Thursday, 23 Sep, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The impending federal government’s decision to wind up Pakistan Electric Power Company and empower the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority to determine and notify differential tariff is set to trigger a shocking 45 per cent increase in electricity bills for consumers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, documents available with Dawn reveal.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/after-pepco,-power-bills-in-kp-to-go-up-by-45pc-390

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  74. Companies to purchase power from small producers
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 27 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: With short-term power deficit estimated at 5,000 megawatts, the government has decided to allow distribution companies (Discos) of Wapda to enter into direct power purchase contracts with small independent power producers (SIPPs) of up to 50MW capacity under a crash programme.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/companies-allowed-to-purchase-power-from-small-producers-790

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  75. Nepra reduces Discos’ tariff by 33 paisa per unit
    MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN
    ISLAMABAD (September 28 2010): The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has reduced power tariff of distribution companies (discos) by 33 paisa per unit under the monthly fuel adjustment formula, official sources told Business Recorder. The Authority had conducted hearing on a petition filed by the Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA) for adjustment in tariff in the light of fuel cost of August 2010.

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1106530

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  76. Energy sector reforms approved
    By: Abrar Saeed | Published: September 29, 2010
    ISLAMABAD – Prime Min-ister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved in principle the energy sector reforms in order to improve the perform-ance of the energy sector and to provide it a sustainable base. The country, he said, could not afford to allow public sector enterprises to keep bleeding.
    The Prime Minister acco-rded the approval during a special meeting held in the Prime Minister’s House here on Tuesday to examine the proposed Power Sector Reforms.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Islamabad/29-Sep-2010/Energy-sector-reforms-approved

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  77. Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Praise, and Backing
    By MATTHEW L. WALD
    Published: October 12, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Google and a New York financial firm have each agreed to invest heavily in a proposed $5 billion transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic Seaboard that could ultimately transform the region’s electrical map.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/science/earth/12wind.html?th&emc=th

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  78. Dissolution of Pepco being reviewed
    By Ahmad Fraz Khan
    Sunday, 24 Oct, 2010

    LAHORE: In an interesting turn of events, the government seems to be having second thoughts about disbanding the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco), but is keeping the matter secret to avoid any negative media fallout.

    According to insiders dealing with the reform process, the government has woken up to the enormity of the task and its massive negative consequences and is now thinking of keeping the organisation intact, at least for quite a while.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/dissolution-of-pepco-being-reviewed-400

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  79. CJ Iftikhar ques­tions costly power pur­chase
    Fri­day Octo­ber 29, 2010 (1134 PST)

    ISLAMABAD: Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry has remarked that seri­ous alle­ga­tions have been lev­elled in the Asian Devel­op­ment Bank’s (ADB) report with ref­er­ence to the Rental Power Projects (RPPs), which can­not be over­looked.

    http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?232975

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  80. Zardari for out of box solutions to meet energy needs

    * USAID to build 150MW wind power plant in Sindh

    * President calls for phasing out of gas geysers in government buildings

    KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Tuesday, called for stepping up search for an out of the box, imaginative and bold solutions to meet the country’s energy needs by recourse to alternate sources of energy.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\03\story_3-11-2010_pg7_1

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  81. Power charges increased, yet again, by Nepra
    By Khalid Mustafa
    ISLAMABAD: As if the policy decision to increase the power tariff by 2.2 per cent every month till July 2011 was not bad enough news for consumers, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority ensuring an annual Rs4 billion revenue increase from Rs29 billion to Rs33 billion,” sources in Wapda said. During a short span of 24 months, power consumers have already experienced a 60 per cent hike in power tariff and from now onward till June 2011, will experience a further power tariff increase of 17.5 per cent.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/05-11-2010/Top-Story/1827.htm

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  82. We didn’t ask Pakistan to hike power tariff: IMF
    ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that it has not asked Pakistan to increase electricity tariff as this is something the country has to decide itself. “The IMF has only asked Pakistan to solve the issues related to the energy crisis in consultation with the World Bank and the IMF,” it said.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/77558/we-didnt-ask-pakistan-to-hike-power-tariff-imf/

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  83. Power tariff increased by 2%
    n increase of two per cent in the power tariff will be applicable on upcoming electricity bills.

    Talking to Express News, the Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, said the government had issued a notification in this regard.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/77685/power-tariff-increased-by-2/

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  84. Govt enhanced power tariff by 113% during its tenure’

    By Ijaz Kakakhel

    ISLAMABAD: The NA Committee on Water and Power was informed Saturday the government has so far made a 113 percent increase in power tariff during its tenure.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\28\story_28-11-2010_pg5_9

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  85. Rs 30 billion grant released to Pepco: MoF now seeking cabinet’s approval

    MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN

    ISLAMABAD (December 14, 2010) : Ministry of Finance is reportedly seeking cabinet’s approval for Rs 30 billion supplementary interest-free grant, which has already been released to cash-starved Pakistan Electric Power Company (reportedly defunct) last month, official sources told Business Recorder.

    http://www.brecorder.com/news/top-stories/1133954:rs-30-billion-grant-released-to-pepco-mof-now-seeking-cabinet-s-approval.html

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  86. China to transfer solar power technology
    From the Newspaper
    (10 hours ago) Today

    ISLAMABAD: A project to generate 2,300MW of electricity through wind turbines and solar panels has turned out to be the most important agreement reached with China during the recent visit of Premier Wen Jiabao, says Board of Investment (BoI) chairman Saleem H. Mandviwala.

    Briefing the media on the outcome of the Pakistan-China Business Cooperation Summit, he said the project would involve an investment of $6.5 billion and wind power projects of 1,000MW each would be set up in Punjab and Sindh. A 200MW solar power project would be set up in Punjab and another of 100MW in Sindh.

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/21/china-to-transfer-solar-power-technology-2.html

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  87. Beyond Fossil Fuels
    African Huts Far From the Grid Glow With Renewable Power

    By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    Published: December 24, 2010

    KIPTUSURI, Kenya — For Sara Ruto, the desperate yearning for electricity began last year with the purchase of her first cellphone, a lifeline for receiving small money transfers, contacting relatives in the city or checking chicken prices at the nearest market.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/science/earth/25fossil.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general

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  88. Power tariff reduced by Rs 2.09 per unit in four months
    ISLAMABAD (updated on: 2010-12-30 00:33:36 PST):

    Power tariff reduced by Rs 2.09 per unit in four months The government has reduced power tariff at the rate of Rs 2.09 per unit during the last four months under the monthly fuel price adjustment to provide relief to the consumers.

    A spokesman of the Ministry of Water and Power said on Wednesday that under the monthly fuel price adjustment, 33 paisas per unit were reduced for the month of August, 36 paisas in September, 32 paisas in October and Rs 1.08 in November.

    http://www.brecorder.com/news/latest/17310:power-tariff-reduced-by-rs-2-09-per-unit-in-four-months-.html

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  89. Himalyas water resources rich of hydroelectric power generation: Pak envoy
    BEIJING (updated on: 2010-12-29 17:12:05 PST):

    Himalyas water resources rich of hydroelectric power generation: Pak envoy The water resources of the Himalayas, if used prudently and effectively, are a rich means of hydroelectric power generation.

    “Dams being built in the Himalayan region can produce energy, sustain agriculture, conserve water, promote fisheries, and sustain communities” said Ambassador Masood Khan on Wednesday.

    http://www.brecorder.com/news/latest/17301:himalyas-water-resources-rich-of-hydroelectric-power-generation-pak-envoy.html

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  90. Minister favours struggling rental power plant
    From the Newspaper
    (17 hours ago) Today

    LAHORE: In a bold bid to favour a rental plant, Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday inaugurated a plant near Lahore, ignoring that the company had failed to meet the deadline by a year and hence “it is a ripe case for slapping penalties, renegotiating tariff, reducing the rental terms and even cancellation of the contract”.

    The 201MW Reshma Power plant is the second most expensive plant after Karachi’s ship-mounted Karkey Elek Trik Uretim of Turkey (5.98 cents per unit) and will cost the country 4.97 cent per unit, excluding oil price.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/02/minister-favours-struggling-rental-power-plant-2.html

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  91. Turkey to set up 150MW power plant in Punjab
    LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that his visit to Turkey has been successful in every respect and a number of key agreements of cooperation for development were signed between the Punjab government and Turkey.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/98174/turkey-to-set-up-150mw-plant-in-punjab/

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  92. Pepco’s own slackness contributes to shortfall
    By Ahmad Fraz Khan | From the Newspaper

    LAHORE, April 19: Apart from severe fuel and gas shortage hampering power generation, Pakistan Electric Power Company’s failure to maintain its own thermal units causes a considerable portion – over 50 per cent – of the total shortfall and people are forced to face up to 12 hours of loadshedding on a daily basis.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/20/pepcos-own-slackness-contributes-to-shortfall.html

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  93. Govt to borrow Rs130bn to clean up circular debt
    By Khaleeq Kiani | From the Newspaper

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to `clean up` chronic circular debt in the next two months through Rs130 billion borrowing from banks and to enforce separate power tariffs in different regions to stop its re-emergence.

    Water and Power Minister Syed Naveed Qamar told on Wednesday that the finance ministry was working on raising Rs130 billion from the banking sector through term finance certificates while about $500 to $1 billion would be raised through the launch of OGDCL`s exchangeable bonds to `clean up` the circular debt from balance sheets of energy companies.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/28/govt-to-borrow-rs130bn-to-clean-up-circular-debt.html

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  94. Electricity for the rich
    From the Newspaper

    TWO reports published in this paper yesterday offer insight into the mindset of Pakistan`s ruling elite. The new federal budget is expected to include an “uninterrupted electricity supply tariff” scheme which involves providing power to consumers, particularly industries, as long as they are willing to pay higher than normal rates. Meanwhile, in Balochistan 12 towns and cities not linked to the national grid will cease to have electricity from May 20. The Quetta Electric Supply Company has announced that the power stations currently supplying electricity to these areas will have to cease operations because Qesco cannot arrange for the oil to run them. A senior Qesco official said that the organisation is in a serious financial crisis because the provincial government has not paid it dues amounting to Rs1.15bn.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/17/electricity-for-the-rich.html

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  95. Solar power lights up Bangladesh rural areas
    16 May 2011 15:56
    Source: reuters // Reuters

    DHAKA, May 16 (Reuters) – Solar power is in place in nearly a million homes in rural Bangladesh, which is drastically short of electricity, the World Bank said on Monday.

    “More than 870,000 homes and shops in remote rural areas have installed solar home systems with support from the World Bank and other development partners,” the global lender said in a statement.

    http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/solar-power-lights-up-bangladesh-rural-areas/

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  96. Power and gas bombs explode
    By: Ahmad Ahmadani | Published: May 26, 2011

    ISLAMABAD (INP) – Much to the dismay of inflation-hit masses, the regulatory bodies concerned have once more approved increase in the tariffs of electricity and natural gas.

    http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/26-May-2011/Power-and-gas-bombs-explode

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  97. Barefoot Power brings solar lighting to off-the-grid areas in East Africa

    Barefoot Power, a for-profit social enterprise operating across East Africa, has built a network of ‘solar entrepreneurs’ who offer solar lighting to towns and villages all across Uganda.

    By Jonathan Kalan, Dowser.org / May 19, 2011

    A couple of hours drive on a dusty road outside of the southern town of Masaka, Uganda, you’ll find Musubiro Village. Miles from the closest electricity grid, there is little hope of government power coming this way anytime soon.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2011/0519/Barefoot-Power-brings-solar-lighting-to-off-the-grid-areas-in-East-Africa

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  98. Power demand touches 17,000 MW this summer: DG PEPCO
    Monday, 13 June 2011 16:34

    ISLAMABAD: Director General of Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Ejaz Rafique Qureshi said Monday that currently there is 17,000 MW demanded across the country while last year this was 13,000 to 14,000 MW.

    He said that during the last one year 3,000 MW demand increased due to which loadshedding problems are facing the public.

    http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/industries-a-sectors/16912-power-demand-touches-17000-mw-this-summer-dg-pepco.html

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  99. Senate informed electricity agreements with Iran
    Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:38

    ISLAMABAD: The upper house of the parliament was informed on Thursday about the successful agreements of importing electricity from Iran on low rates.

    Senators Lashker Raesani and Dr Ismail Baladi who were part of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) delegation that visited Iran to negotiate power imports on low tariff rates, informed the senate about the agreements.

    http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/industries-a-sectors/17860-senate-informed-electricity-agreements-with-iran.html

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  100. The monthly shock
    Monday, June 27, 2011

    The KESC was privatised on the grounds that private hands would do a better job of meeting a fast-growing electricity demand of the country’s commercial hub. It was argued then that a ballooning circular debt, frequent power cuts, power theft, increasing distribution and transmission losses and the utility’s inability to boost electricity generation were problems beyond the capacity of the government to resolve. Six years later, most of these problems have worsened and now we are facing a serious power crisis. The circular debt is harder to manage, power pilferage is rampant as never before, and electricity outages are not only frequent, they now last several hours at a time, even days. Little progress has been made in checking distribution and transmission losses, which still stand at an unacceptable level of 34 percent, and power generation has failed to catch up with the ever-rising demand.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=54712&Cat=8

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  101. Energy crisis: Govt mulling power theft crackdown
    By Zafar Bhutta
    Published: July 8, 2011

    ISLAMABAD:

    The government has decided to enact stricter policies towards those involved in stealing electricity, with the water and power ministry proposing jail terms of up to one year and fines of up to Rs500,000.

    The measure was proposed during a meeting on Thursday chaired by Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar to discuss with power distribution companies the ways in which they can improve their efficiency and begin recovering uncollected bills, another serious problem for electricity companies. Under current laws, stealing electricity can result in a maximum fine of Rs50,000 and imprisonment of up to two months. The proposed amendment would have to be passed by parliament.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/204987/energy-crisis-govt-mulling-power-theft-crackdown/

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  102. The solution to Pakistan’s energy crisis
    By Ajaz Haque
    Published: July 5, 2011

    The power crisis is getting worse and various short-term solutions being offered are not the answer. Wapda’s chairman’s assessment that the power shortage will last until 2018 is optimistic when the increase in demand over the next seven years is factored in.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/202976/the-solution-to-pakistans-energy-crisis/

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  103. Electric Bill Seem Higher Than Usual? Well, It Is
    Renewable energy, coal, and natural gas prices are pushing residential electricity prices higher in 2011 despite faltering economy

    By Venessa Wong

    The U.S. is mired in one of the hottest summers on record. Temperatures in the three digits are wilting half the states. To combat the heat, air-conditioners and fans are cranking full blast, and people are lingering a little longer in front of open refrigerators. Such cooling respite doesn’t come cheap, though. When homeowners and landlords get their electricity bill for July, they may find their temperatures rising in a different way.

    http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/electric-bill-seem-higher-than-usual-well-it-is-07222011.html

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  104. COMMENT: When hell freezes over —Gul Bukhari
    I hope you were not holding your breath waiting to see what transpires at the cabinet meeting called on Wednesday (October 12) to debate and formulate a decisive strategy to end electricity load shedding in the country. If you were, load shedding is the least of your problems. First, you are most likely suffering from either some form of mental retardation, which you probably cannot appreciate, and which does not have a cure or, you’re suffering from delusional disconnective disorder. Yes, there is such a condition and you could be suffering from it, if you really thought the gentlemen of the cabinet were going to come up with anything meaningful to provide electricity to us. However, the more serious of your problems arises from the fact that you are now officially a minority person — already rare, but now threatened with extinction through violent retribution for holding views different from the majority. The majority 180 million moved right along, pondering particularly the near certain prospects of spending the rest of their lives without electricity. Such is the conditioning our rulers have managed to impart to us, with regard to their governance capabilities.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\14\story_14-10-2011_pg3_6

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  105. Daily Times Editorial

    With a hastily conceived short-term solution to the power crisis not too far in the past, the government, it seems, has not learnt its lesson. The federal cabinet approved on Wednesday an energy conservation and efficiency plan, which is a mixture of old and new tactics. The strategy includes a five-day working week, disconnection of power supply to defaulters, shutting all business activities and electric hoardings at sunset and closure of marriage halls at 10 pm. The cabinet also agreed to privatise the Islamabad and Faisalabad electric supply companies, the best distribution companies in the country. It was also decided in the meeting that a uniform tariff would replace the current tariff setting mechanism. The private sector’s involvement in the energy sector’s reforms at various levels was encouraged in the meeting.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\14\story_14-10-2011_pg3_1

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  106. Rs50b corruption in rental power projects: Faisal Saleh Hayat

    Published: October 27, 2011

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government for details of all rental power projects and the details of what the public is being charged for electricity production.

    During case proceedings today, Chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry sought details of how much electricity the rental power plants were supposed to provide, how much they were producing and what the government has paid them so far.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/283171/rs-50bn-corruption-in-rental-power-projects-faisal-saleh-hayat/

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