Achieving a Cleaner and Resilient Generation Mix
In Pakistan 58 million people lack access to electricity. With growing incomes, population and urbanization, energy demand is increasing, placing pressure on domestic resources. Expansion of electricity generation to meet rising demand and reduce the endemic power blackouts and outages has been a high priority of the Pakistan government. Despite the existence of indigenous natural gas, renewable, and coal resources, Pakistan has become more dependent on imported oil, gas, and—recently—coal resources. Although natural gas-fired generation provides the largest share of electricity output, Pakistan has significant hydropower production, some nuclear power, and increasing renewable energy generation. Now the country is poised to enhance the share of nuclear portion of its energy mix. In its report “Transforming the power sector in developing countries: Geopolitics, poverty, and climate change in Pakistan,” the Atlantic Council has suggested a robust strategy for Pakistan. The following piece consists of an excerpt from this report.
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