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The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), in partnership with Heinrich Böll Stiftung Pakistan, have launched the policy paper “Accelerating Wind Power Deployment in Pakistan: Capacity Building and Policy Options” on the occasion of a wind energy seminar held in Islamabad.

The policy paper not only discusses barriers to wind market growth but provides also various policy and capacity building tools to overcome issues, in particular:

  • effective management of high level of renewable energy integration;
  • better understanding for wind energy costs and tariff determination mechanism;
  • and financial modeling techniques for better financial close.

One of the major points of discussion was how to identify the appropriate tariff setting mechanism. Government was advised to continue with the feed-in-tariff for wind energy projects instead of moving towards auctions system which could be detrimental to the market which took over a decade to gain momentum.

As the country has become a sizable wind market with 590MW of installed capacity, the grid operator was suggested to start comprehensive planning to ensure variable renewable energy integration onto existing grid systems, like it has been achieved in many other countries with much higher wind power shares of 20 % and more.

Details about the wind market in Pakistan and capacity building areas are in the policy paper which can be downloaded here.