Participants Grill Organizers on Major Lapses in Renewables Energy Study on Karachi

The commercial organization Renewables First, based in Islamabad, arranged a conference with the goal of highlighting the prospects and difficulties associated with the adoption of renewable energy in Karachi. However, the study’s methodology and conclusions had several serious flaws, which led to critical examination of the material.

Due to fundamental flaws, guests immediately expressed doubt about the study, which focused on the larger consequences for the city’s energy industry.

The research is qualified with the caveat, “This technical report’s information is based exclusively on publicly available data and resources.” The material provided here has been checked for correctness and dependability, but neither we (Renewable First) nor its timeliness can be guaranteed.

The tone for the discussion that followed was set by the statement, “Readers are therefore advised that the conclusions and analyses drawn from the data are for informational purposes .

Participants in the seminar expressed immediate reservations regarding the validity and breadth of the analysis and conclusions given as a result of this candid revelation.

Stakeholders from the manufacturing and export industries, policymakers, and industry experts gathered for a closed-door seminar titled “Significance of Renewables for Karachi & Export Industry.” They expressed concern about the study’s dependence on perhaps out-of-date or insufficient data as well as the lack of a thorough stakeholder consultation process during its preparation.

Participants questioned the former NEPRA’s four-year tenure for failing to advance the integration of renewable energy into the national grid during the event, which featured a wide range of speakers, including Tauseef Farooqi, the former chairman of NEPRA, Zulfiqar Ali Umrani, the head of sustainability at Ziauddin University, and Shariq Raza, the chief technical officer at the Energy Department, Government of Sindh.

According to the paper, Karachi failed to take advantage of Pakistan’s enormous wind energy potential, which is estimated to be approximately 50,000 MW. Furthermore, the paper asserted that Pakistan has had significant cost reductions over the past ten years, and that the global Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) for utility-scale wind and solar projects has dropped significantly.

Contesting the veracity of the report’s claims, participants asked the organizers if it would be feasible to rely solely on renewable energy, considering Karachi’s inherent weather variability and the lack of power generation during periods when renewable resources are scarce, like at night when demand for electricity peaks. A different participant brought out the actions made by KE, which were also acknowledged in the NEPRA report, regarding the incorporation of a rooftop generation system on a significant scale through net metering.

The necessity for a balanced energy mix that incorporates both conventional and renewable sources was also emphasized by the in attendance power sector professionals as a means of ensuring grid stability and a steady supply of electricity.

The importance of Pakistan’s wind and solar energy potential was underlined once more. However, in order to successfully manage intermittency issues, a fully renewable energy system would need to be implemented with meticulous planning, substantial investments in energy storage technologies, and the creation of a more resilient grid infrastructure.

However, a representative for K-Electric took to social media to state that the company “remains committed to achieving 30% renewables by 2030 in line with our (KE’s) submitted, publicly available plans developed based on ground dynamics, resources, and demand growth,” disputing the false conclusions drawn in the report.

He went on to say that the corporation was unable to provide any commentary on the report because the full white paper was not made public until the unveiling event.

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