Pakistan's Energy Problems Continue

WE have reported regularly on the problems of energy supply in Pakistan, where draconian measures have been enacted, if not fully implemented.

Due to a shortage of capacity from their power stations the Pakistani government imposed restrictions on opening times for retail and businesses and even reduced opening for their own governmental departments, all to save energy.

The reaction amongst businesses was very mixed, with many initially ignoring the new measures, leading to threats of greater penalties. The measure are still unpopular as they continue to stifle business and service across the country.

The ‘load shedding’ disrupts the daily routines and the situation has not improved; in fact it seems that the situation is getting worse.

Many in the media are referring to the situation as a ‘national crisis’, reporting that the current energy consumption trends across Pakistan are extremely inefficient, whether it be in the domestic, industrial, trade or commercial sectors.

Well over 10 percent of Pakistan’s electricity could be saved just by applying a change in attitude. The populace, particularly in the public and private sectors need to realise that behavioural change is needed, often just to turn off unneeded items or reduce energy use through energy saving technology and energy management.

It has been estimated that collectively, just through conservation, more than half of Pakistan’s electricity deficit can be met. However to achieve that, education is essential and understanding what energy is being used by equipment, departments and buildings is essential in producing a change in attitude.

Pakistani’s need to acknowledge that their country is facing a national disaster and every business and organisation, let alone citizen, needs to do their part to overcome it, as there is obviously not enough electricity to meet the countries energy needs and wants.

Picture by yasirhussain

Thursday 24th June 2010

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