Govt planning 2.5GW wind power project by 2016

STAFF REPORT IBD: The government of Pakistan is keen to commence wind farm projects in the country in order to meet some of the national energy requirements with renewable energy technologies. According to an official at the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), the plan to develop wind energy resources by the end of 2015 is under strong consideration of the higher authorities. He also said that the wind energy is cost effective and could also become a substitute for thermal power generation with investments from the private sector.

According to data from the AEDB and Pakistan Meteorological Department, the preliminary surveys suggest that the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan as well as some northern areas possess substantial wind resources.

While a recent US Agency for International Development (USAID) report has said that Pakistan has the enough potential to generate up to 150,000MW of wind energy.

Now the government is seriously planning to make use of this natural potential to overcome the persistent energy crisis in the country, the official said adding it will be possible for the country to diversify its energy mix and reduce dependency on imported fuels, replacing them with locally available renewable energy technologies.

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