In a conference held on 23rd July 2014 in Washington DC, Pakistan’s energy crisis was discussed. The speakers included former US Ambassador to Pakistan, former prime minister’s advisor on water and energy, World Bank consultants, and other advisers. The event discussions were later released in a book titled “Pakistan’s Interminable Energy Crisis: Is there a way out?”
According to the energy experts and consultants, Pakistan’s energy crisis is too complex to be solved. The government’s short term solution to the crisis is the major reason why the crisis is not being able to be solved. The speakers proposed a number of proposals for the government to help it overcome energy crisis.
The first proposal urges the government not to get too involved in the projects, reduce the subsidies to the power distribution companies, limit price control, and to support the poor. The second proposal recommends the government to adjust gas prices according to the Europe wholesale prices, reduce the price gap between CNG, petrol, and diesel, and to increase the gas tariff for industrial consumers. The speakers also urged the government to abolish petroleum levy, continue gas infrastructure development cess, reduce transmission and distribution line losses, enforce strict punishment against electricity thieves, boost bill collection rates, and that local electricity user associations should be formed to monitor community energy usage.
The 157 page book gives a detailed account on Pakistan’s energy crisis and ways to solve the crisis. But the question remains, will the government even consider applying the solutions?