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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…

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’…

No more business as usual—II

Known solutions to our problems start with merit-based governance and justice system adhering to our Constitution. Structural changes need to be made to existing layers of governance of local governments,…

Power sector controversy: take-or-pay contracts

Energy prices have increased tremendously which has created controversy and unrest in the country. IPP contracts are under great debate. Many people argue that these are unfair and unjust. Take-or-pay…

This crisis is a moment; Part – III

The current business-as-usual model continues to delay deregulation by repeated extensions, issuance of new/amended refinery policies. It will one day improve competitiveness, reduce demurrages and build our strategic and commercial…

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…