Salman Faruqui,
Deputy Chairman,
Planning Commission
 
Islamabad, Pakistan — (METERING.COM) — October 29, 2008 – Smart electricity metering is soon be introduced in Pakistan to eliminate complaints of inflated and manipulated billing, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Salman Faruqui, has announced.

Opening a workshop on the Development of an Integrated Energy Modeling System in Islamabad shortly after returning from a trip to the United States to meet with the World Bank and other financial institutions, Faruqui informed that President Asif Ali Zardari had directed the Ministry of Water and Power to revamp the electricity sector by rationalizing and streamlining the institutional arrangements and introducing major initiatives to conserve energy and reduce line losses, among other actions.

Faruqui said the World Bank would provide investment support to enhance technical and operational efficiency in the electricity distribution companies before the induction of strategic investments to enable them to provide efficient and competitive services to their consumers.

The development of an integrated energy modeling system for Pakistan will be carried out by a consultant team comprising experts from the International Resources Group and locally, from MEConsult, Faruqui said. The main objective of the project is to assist the government to develop an integrated energy model for assessing the impacts of various strategies for meeting the country’s energy requirements in the most cost effective manner. The model will integrate issues related to national resource utilization, energy supply, energy demand, technology improvement, energy efficiency, and environmental impact across all sectors of the energy economy to assess the costs and benefits of policies that will shape the country for the coming decades. A second objective is to build the institutional capacity within the Planning Commission’s energy section.

Pakistan’s power sector requires investment of $20 billion up to 2020.

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