United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale said in a meeting that the US will help Pakistan to establish a first renewable energy Institute in Pakistan.
Federal Minister of Power and energy division Awais Khan Leghari met US ambassador David Hale on Tuesday and discussed various opportunities in the energy sector of Pakistan. The US ambassador said US is keen to explore opportunities regarding renewable energy in Pakistan and find the ways to help Pakistan to build its first renewable energy institute in Pakistan that is a need for future generations.
The US ambassador said US would also provide expertise of US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in order to ensure the institute is running as per international standards. He also offered Pakistan assistance in forming National Energy Policy and National Energy Plan.
However, the minister told US ambassador that the government is already working on the process of Energy Policy formulation, the government has started interacting with all the provinces and federal units, the government has started reviewing various proposals from various stakeholders including service providers on National Electricity Plan.
The minister has admired the US company General Electric’s proposal for repowering initiative which includes rehabilitation and conversion of existing power units across Pakistan. He said General Electric will be the part of National Energy Policy and National Electric Plan so that their proposal can be initiated based on the decisions taken by the government.
The minister highlighted the importance and need of cooperation between Pakistan and US in the renewable energy sector. Renewable energy is the only way to meet the future energy needs of Pakistan, he added. He informed the US ambassador on the development so far for establishing the institute in Pakistan. He said LUMS has also shown a keen interest in housing the institute and has sent out their proposal to the Power Division.
Moreover, the Higher Education Commission and Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) both are working on finalizing the institute which can house the institute; the ambassador appreciated the efforts made by Power Division for establishing the institute. The ambassador also said we need enhanced cooperation with Pakistan in the energy sector.
The federal minister has also directed all CEOs of energy companies to follow the new procedures in electricity metering systems. Stressing on efficiency and performance the CEOs are directed to follow the procedures in line with National Electricity Plan and National Energy Policy.
Since, the development of CPEC and cooperation between China and Pakistan, the United States has been showing the threatening attitude towards Pakistan for the last few years. After the new president Donald Trump came to power in 2016, he has been releasing strong statements against Pakistan, whether it is withholding US aid to Pakistan, accusations of cheating US, or War. But now the US is thinking wisely and trying to initiate a productive relationship with Pakistan. Pakistan’s energy sector has immense potential in it, US can be benefitted from this development and cooperation with Pakistan as other EU nations are also mulling to invest in Pakistan. Saudi Arabia has recently declared Pakistan as one of the top destinations for future investments.