“Shey’s Rebellion”:http://sheysrebellion.ipadder.com/: _Is Pakistan making an effort to use alternative energy sources, especially in the rural areas?_
Kaleem Omar answers:
bq.. Meanwhile, the chairman of Pakistan�s Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Air Marshal (Retd.) Shahid Hamid, told a press conference in Quetta on October 13 that his organization is developing alternative sources of energy and has initiated a number of schemes in this connection.
“Our plan is to generate energy from the sun, wind and other sources equal to the total installed generation capacity of the country by 2015 as the current sources of energy including oil and gas are rapidly depleting,” Hamid said.
>> “The News Business Review”:http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/oct2004-weekly/busrev-18-10-2004/index.html
p. He certainly is aiming in the right direction, and it’s really nice to hear that they plan to match the current electricity output with ‘clean’ energy. I just wish they would reveal their plans on how exactly they plan to get there. Is there a website with their plans? checking… nope, google certainly hasn’t heard of it. Has one of the many newspapers in this country come across this plan and published anything at all about it? Nope… nothing there either. What about if I ask them directly:
bq. *Alternative Energy Development Board*
Contact: Brig. Dr. Nasim A. Khan, Secretary/Member Tech.
Fax. No.: 9251-9205790
Tel. No.: 9251-9223427
Address: 344-B, Prime Minister’s Secretariat
Government of Pakistan
While I wait for their reply, some more wandering about on the web finds this Asian Development Bank project, “Capacity Building for Alternative Energy Development Board”:http://www.adb.org/Documents/ADBBO/AOTA/38585012.ASP:
bq. *Objectives and Scope* The objective of the Project is to strengthen the institutional capacity and technical capability of AEDB to facilitate and coordinate the GOP’s efforts *to make RE 10% of the energy mix by 2015.* The Project will have three components: (i) assist in prioritizing the various parts of AEDB’s mandate and *developing a business plan* for AEDB with immediate, medium-term, and long-term work plans…
If the AEDB is asking the ADB for help to develop a plan, and the ADB is going to start hiring consultants in Dec 2004, than we’ll be well into 2005 by the time theres even hope of a plan. Was the air marshals speech yet another classic case of putting the cart before the horse? If he has a concrete plan, than why ask the ADB for one? If not, than how can he announce the aims of the plan when there is no plan?
The *only other project* the ADB is funding for renewable engery development hasn’t started yet. _(ed: like the above)_.
Efforts are ongoing, and have been for many years now for alternaitve energy development. For example:
bq. A mosque in Alipur Farash, a village nestling in the undulating countryside on the outskirts of Islamabad, had already been fitted with solar panels in a test run before at least 100 homes in the community were provided with the same equipment. “This is just the beginning. We plan to provide 1,000 homes in each province with electricity through solar energy. And this is all on a self-help basis: this is all being done through donations from the private sector,” he said.
>> “PAKISTAN: Alternative energy to boost power generation”:http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=38484&SelectRegion=Central_Asia&SelectCountry=PAKISTAN
The problem with piece meal efforts like the above is that they don’t really affect anything… all these small scale projects don’t really affect the big picture. While they are to be applauded as most of these small scale projects are being done by individuals and NGO’s, the government needs to aim higher. Which they are, but again instead of wholly depending on foreign investment and NGO’s, it would be nice if they also whole heartedly jumped into this. After all, the govt. forks over billions of rupees to KESC and Wapda every year to ensure that they can afford to have over half the electricity in Karachi mysteriously disappear. Rising oil prices affect Pakistan more than developed countries, since oil is such a large component of our imports that any increase in oil prices adversely affects the rupee value, which in turn increases export prices, not to mention causing inflation at home. Alternative energy is still more expensive than regular oil fired powerplants but at least they’re not subject to fluctuating oil prices. Also taking into consideration that most of the power plants in this country are old and highly inefficent, alternative energy could very well turn out to be cheaper – and this is without even taking the environment benefits into account.
h4. more on this:
* “WorldChanging”:http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/cat_a_newly_electric_green_sustainable_energy_resources_and_design.html :: A Newly Electric Green � Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design