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Power conservation in Pakistan Mehran University, IEEEP Hyderabad launch lecture series.

IEEEP Hyderabad Local Centre in collaboration with Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro has launched a series of lectures on emerging topics to create more interaction between academia and power industry. The second lecture of the series was delivered by Engr Asad Mahmood, the Manager Technical Energy Conservation Fund. The topic was: The role of NEECA to Institutionalize Energy efficiency and Conservation measures in Pakistan. The event held in Prof. Haji Mahmood Senate Hall of Mehran University was attended by Members of IEEEP, faculty members, engineering students and representatives of industry and Energy Department, Sindh. Engr Asad Mahmood highlighted energy efficiency initiatives and informed that sector-wise energy conservation potential in Pakistan. In industry it is 25 percent, Transport 20 percent, Agriculture 30 percent and Buildings 30 percent and on the average it is 25 percent.

Starting from USAID project in 1985, ENERCON has traveled a long way to the establishment of NEECA with the notification on 6th Oct 2016. NEECA has successfully identified energy efficiency and conservation opportunities in energy generation, energy distribution, and energy usage by processes and Fuel substitution. Some of the most significant projects initiated by NEECA are Power Factor Improvement Project, Automobile Tune-up Program, Tubewell Energy Conservation Project and Steam System Program, he said. He informed that 47 percent of the total electricity consumption is on domestic sector followed by 29.1 percent on industrial, 10 percent on Agriculture, 7.8 percent on commercial, 5.4 percent on bulk supplies and 0.7 percent on others (Street Lights etc). NEECA's main focus of efforts is on energy audit and to develop Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Labeling scheme. Energy Standards and Labeling which has already been launched is for fans, CFL's and motors.

By a conservative estimate energy savings potential is 1000-1500MW in the country. He urged the university faculty and the students to work on EandC projects (like Power Factor Improvement Projects) and to support NEECA in implementation of its initiatives in the best National and Professional interest. Before him, Engr. Prof. Dr. MA Uqaili, Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro and Chairman IEEEP Local Centre Hyderabad, Jamshoro said it was just not alone in Pakistan that growing energy demand is the key area of concern but world over there is a demand for innovative energy management solutions and limiting the use of exhaustible energy. Resultantly, Energy Conservation and Efficiency techniques have globally assumed tremendous importance.

Such is the emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation that lately to encourage and motivate consumers to conserve energy the concept of Negawatt, which is the theoretical unit of power representing an amount of electrical power saved is considered as a cheapest solution to meet rising demand for power. A Negawatt is a unit of electricity demand taken off the grid through reduction of consumption. He said Mehran University fully supported the efforts and offered NEECA every possible cooperation and collaboration on those initiatives. Engr. Prof. Dr. BS Chowdhry, the Dean Faculty of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering said there was no awareness of the importance of conservation of electricity and alleviation of waste. He said he believed the engineering universities in Pakistan could also effectively contribute towards the cause through intensified research on various diversified areas of energy management including energy conservation and efficiency.
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Publication:Pakistan Engineering Review
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jun 15, 2017
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