USAID Power Distribution Programme recently inaugurated a Planning and Engineering (P&E) Computer Centers at Gepco and in Islamabad. The USAID Power Distribution Programme is helping DISCOs to build up similar computer centers. It is also involved in providing training to P&E managers of all the nine power distribution companies (DISCOs) owned by the government. Through P&E project will modernize the DISCOs and hence help in the improvement of energy distribution.
Pakistan is already facing a lot of crisis in energy production and its demand of energy consumption is more than its supply. Although, Pakistan has a huge energy potential, but due to lack of resources and attention toward developing and enhancing ability to be independent in energy sector, Pakistan is dependent on such foreign aid projects as USAID Power Distribution Programme. Through P&E project, DISCOs will get equipment and software, expert consultations, and also be able to achieve an international standard of ‘best practices’ followed around the world. This will ensure reliable supple of power to consumers.
Hopefully, there will be no power shortages or loadshedding as a result of this mechanism being set up. Because although as the government intends to, it does safe electricity and energy of at least four months, but it ends up hindering in the work of the people and businesses, thus in fact, adversely impacting Pakistan’s economic development. Through this state-of-the-art technology, DISCOs will be able to meet consumer needs satisfactorily.
Under this USAID programme for energy assistance the power plants at the Tarbela Dam, the Guddu, Jamshoro, and Muzafaragarh power plants will be upgraded and new dams at Satpara and Gomal Zam will be constructed. It is expected that these energy projects will add 900 megawatts to the power grid by next year and will provide electricity to around two million homes.