Sparkers call for pertinent legislation to avoid growing energy losses

Islamabad: Speakers at Seminar on Wednesday called for pertinent legislation at earliest to avoid growing energy losses in the country. Speakers stated this while addressing a seminar “Energy Legislation Response to Conservation, Efficiency & Alternatives” organized by Institute of Policy Studies IPS.

While discussing the building codes in Pakistan Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Shiekh, Additional Registrar Pakistan Engineering Council informed that realizing the energy crisis situation an initiative was taken by PEC in 2010 when ENERCON contacted the body to incorporate energy provisions in the building code act of Pakistan.

In response PEC formulated a task force and took all the public and private stakeholders on board including Ministry of Water and Power, Housing and Works, PEPCO, ENERCON, PSQCA, CDA, PEC and intellectuals, academicians, engineers, architects and legal experts concerned, he added.

He pointed out that purpose of energy provisions in the building code was to provide minimum requirements for energy efficient design and construction of buildings and to improve energy efficiency in buildings by incorporating best practices appropriate to our environment, coupled with traditional materials, technologies and craftsmanship developed indigenously.

He shared that energy provisions would be implemented in two phases; first phase applying to large scale commercial consumers having a total connected load of 100 kW or a conditioned area of 900 m2 or greater or unconditioned buildings of covered area of 1,200 m2 or more. Provisions would be implemented to small scale end users in the second phase, he added.

Asad Mahmood, Director Technical ENERCON observed that conservation had not been at the top of priority list of the authorities while addressing the issues related to the crisis as WAPDA and ministry of petroleum and natural resources focused more upon generation and little importance was given to the conservation.
“Conservation should be part of everyday discussions,” he remarked. He said that the conservation expert regretted that the stated negligence proved to be a stumbling block in the delayed approval of the Building Code along with other administrative hitches.

Ameena Sohail, Senior IPS Associate highlighted the Distributed Generations Rules by NEPRA that covers the usage, generation and distribution of small-scale power generation technologies located close to the consumer end.

She mentioned that there would be no need for generation licenses and DISCOs would handle all distributed generators at their end through agreements for Net-metering, Banking and Wheeling. She further said that tariffs were to be determined as per NEPRA approval. Khalid Rahman, DGIPS noting that there were many actors working for the betterment of the sector in their individual and institutional capacities, there was a need to streamline and synergize all efforts to get the desired results and to resolve the issue.

Mirza Hamid Hasan, former secretary water and power said that it was noticed that most of the consumers think about generation and capacity building instead of conservation. He was of the view that energy conservation was in a way energy generation. Hassan stressed upon the need to promote energy efficient methods, techniques and practices along with energy efficient gadgets and technologies to contribute in mitigation of the burgeoning energy crisis.

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