STAFF REPORT RWP: Pakistan can overcome the energy crisis by generating thousands of megawatt electricity utilizing available renewable energy resources especially through geothermal power that is readily available in most parts of the country.

“Over 30 countries are producing electricity through geothermal energy and about 200 power plants are under construction around the world while 70 countries are using geothermal energy for air-conditioning, cooling, heating and supply of hot water,” said Chairman Energy Foundation Pakistan (EFP) Javed Ahmad while talking to media in Islamabad.

Offering voluntary services to help mitigate the sufferings of the masses, he said that he can attract all the investments required to initiate geothermal energy power projects for 10,000MW and start producing electricity at less than Rs 10 per unit within three years in all the provinces.

Green energy, he said, can help trigger economic growth and protect environment for future generations, adding that establishment of a National Energy Security Organization.

However, he regretted that nothing has been accomplished despite heavy investment in Thar Coal discovered in 1994, therefore, the government should use abundantly available green energy resources like solar, geothermal, water, wind, and bio waste, which are with an estimated capacity of more than 200000 MW.

He said that two geothermal based power plants one located at Peshawar and another at Lahore have already been installed.