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Pakistan Eyes 30% Renewables Share By 2020

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan will seek to boost the share of renewables in its total power generation mix to 30% by 2030 under a plan suggested by the country’s new government, Dawn news reported Thursday.
The proposal is to lift that share from the current 4% by enhancing generation from wind, solar, small hydro and biomass plants, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) announced on Tuesday. The share of large-scale hydropower, meanwhile, is also set to expand to 30% from around 25% now.
Pakistan’s Cabinet Committee on Energy is expected to approve the country’s 2019 renewable energy policy that will include all future renewable energy projects. According to WWEA the government’s plan to have around 18 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2030 could limit the expansion of coal-fired capacity of over 5 GW.
It also noted that the new policy should include a strategic action plant creating a favorable environment for coordination between various departments in the renewable energy sector.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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