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USAID helps digitize Pakistan’s national power grid

It will enable GoP to buy power at competitive rates from private companies and provide it to consumers at affordable rates.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Tuesday, delivered an innovative new metering system to the Government of Pakistan (GoP) to help network and market operators better manage the national power grid.

The Secure Metering System (SMS), developed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), improves Pakistan’s National Transmission and Despatch Company’s (NTDC) ability to forecast power requirements across the country.  It also allows Pakistan’s Central Power Purchasing Agency, Guarantee Ltd. (CPPA-G), to set up an efficient, transparent, and trustworthy billing system for private investors.  Eventually, this will enable the Government of Pakistan to buy power at competitive rates from private companies and provide it to consumers at affordable rates.

USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen said,

“The launch of this system is an important milestone for the NTDC and the CPPA-G. This initiative facilitates the digitalization of Pakistan’s power sector and will help the government achieve its vision to start a wholesale electricity market, which will help reduce electricity prices for consumers, and provide incentives for businesses and industry to expand their operations.”

While, NDTC Managing Director Dr. Khawaja Riffat Hassan said,

“NTDC is committed to improving its operations, and SMS will take our forecasting, data collection, and power management operations to the next level.”

In addition to the hand-over activity, the event featured a graduation ceremony for 21 energy professionals of CPPA-G and NTDC who progressed from basic to advanced training.

The handover ceremony was organized by USAID’s Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) Project, a four-year technical assistance initiative. Through SEP, USAID is supporting the Pakistani government’s efforts to deliver financially sustainable energy services to the people of Pakistan.  The U.S. government’s partnership with Pakistan’s energy sector spans many decades and covers a wide range of projects to meet Pakistan’s ambitions toward energy modernization.

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