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New alternative renewable energy policy draft approved

ISLAMABAD: Alternative Energy Development Board under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan has approved the draft Policy 2019.

The 46th board meeting deliberated upon the draft policy that was prepared by AEDB in consultation with public and private sector stakeholders including provincial government agencies. Federal Secretary Power Division Irfan Ali and all provincial energy secretaries attended the meeting.

 The representatives of provincial governments and other board members provided their inputs on the draft policy, and a consensus was developed on several inputs and suggestions given by provincial representatives aimed towards improving the policy framework.

Federal minister Omar Ayub stated that the policy aims at creating a conducive environment supported by a robust framework for the sustainable growth of ARE sector in Pakistan, and increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix in order to achieve energy security, cheaper power generation and environmental protection.

He further stated that the policy framework has an all-inclusive approach and stipulates an active role and participation of provincial governments at all stages of ARE developments.

Federal secretary power division apprised the meeting that for the first time an ambitious yet workable policy has been attempted to tap the indigenous resources of the country.

He said that the policy provides for the steering committee comprising of all provinces and members who will decide major projects of renewable energy.

He said that provincial participation has been increased in the new draft of renewable energy. He thanked all the participants of their valuable inputs which made the policy further refine.

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