Integrated policy framework needed for cheaper electricity

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Pakistan is in dire need of completing the low-cost hydropower projects launched by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to meet the increasing demand for energy and water by the household, commercial and industrial sectors.

According to a WealthPK’s report, the Authority currently owns and operates 22 hydel power stations with an installed generation capacity of 9,406MW. On average, these stations add 37 billion units of power per annum to the grid.

Of these power stations, Mangla Hydel Power Station contributes 920MW, Ghazi Barotha 1,450MW and Neelum-Jhelum 850MW, while the other stations collectively added 708MW to the national grid. A number of hydroelectric projects are also under construction and projected to be completed by 2028-29.

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