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Tackling the electricity challenge

Pakistan is once again facing a shortfall of electricity in winter. Last year, there was a nationwide electricity blackout on account of similar issues. It then becomes essential to discuss…

Time for privatization?

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority’s (Nepra) recent report on the billing practices of Pakistan’s distribution companies (DISCOs) for July and August 2023 offers a comprehensive and critical examination of…

Loss-making Discos — Who tops the chart?

Unfortunately, the Pakistan Power Sector is never away from the public eye– specifically, since the last two decades. Media, primarily, picked-up the then ongoing negotiations with the notorious IPPs in…

Privatising Discos: tread with caution

On 13th July 2023, IMF’s Executive Board while approving US$3 billion Stand-by Arrangement (SBA) for Pakistan emphasised adherence to fiscal discipline, progress in energy sector’s structural reforms and better SOEs’…

KE’s petition: case for integration

KE (K-Electric) has submitted a petition to Nepra (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) for getting a separate generation tariff. NEPRA recently did its public hearing on the subject. NEPRA will…

Power distribution sector’s performance – I

Circular debt and privatisation of power distribution companies are under active discussion these days in the background of International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) demands. Apart from the IMF, the issue is…

Legal basis for uniform electricity tariff

For the end consumer in Pakistan, the current tariff structure is uniform throughout the country. Still, it distinguishes between residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture, and customer categories. It is further divided…

Nepra’s SOI report 2022: a comment — II

There is a counter point of view as well. As per info available to this writer, significant progress and renovation has been done with regard to SCADA (Supervisory Control and…

Power sector: no solution?

The power sector of the country or more specifically the Power Division (PD) of government of Pakistan continues to be in grip of sheer incompetence and mis-governance for a long…

Reviving ailing PSEs – I

The Federal Cabinet last month decided to constitute "Sarmaya-e-Pakistan Company" to revive 193 state-owned entities and manage their affairs in an efficient manner. Reportedly, the Board of Governors, to be…

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