USAID hosts technical workshop to discuss renewable energy in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has hosted 70 energy experts from across the Country to learn about the potential for developing renewable energy zones in Pakistan. 

The goal of the two-day technical workshop was to introduce innovative and effective concepts for expediting and scaling up the commercial deployment of renewable energy projects that will make it possible to leverage the abundant reserves of solar, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric potential in this Country.

Technical experts deliberated upon potential of renewable energy in Pakistan

The USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Clay Epperson said “Together, we can develop indigenous, clean and sustainable energy resources that will improve energy access for consumers, bring down the cost of electricity, help accelerate human development, and enhance the Country’s economic competitiveness.”

While applauding USAID’s efforts in the energy sector, the Chief Executive Officer AEDB Amjad Ali Awan said, “The Government of Pakistan has resolved to harness all indigenous resources for power generation in order to overcome future energy needs and increasing the share of renewable energy while ensuring cost-effectiveness and efficient utilization of grid infrastructure.”

Sessions were led by technical experts from USAID, the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, the World Bank, and senior management from Pakistan’s Alternative Energy Development Board, National Transmission and Dispatch Company, and Planning Commission.

The event was organized under the USAID Sustainable Energy for Pakistan Project, a four-year technical assistance program geared towards increasing private sector investment and providing a viable, cost-effective means of inducting renewable energy at scale into the local transmission grid.

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