Pakistan and the United States have come to an agreement on the “Green Energy Initiative” that involves an addition of 3,500 MW of energy to the national grid, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani said.
Speaking to Pakistani media during the US presidential elections, Ambassador Jilani told the media that US cooperation was involved in the Dasu Hydro Project.
Executed by Wapda, The Hydro Project is set to be constructed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the Indus River, located 7 km upstream of Dasu Town and about 345 km from Islamabad. The project is expected to generate 5400 MW hydroelectric power with annual energy of 26700 GWh.
Commenting on the progress of Pakistan-US relations, the ambassador said that these ties were integral to both the countries and had seen significant improvement the years.
While drawing media’s attention towards six working groups between Pakistan and the US, the Ambassador emphasized that the revival of the Strategic Dialogue in 2013 helped rebuild the relations between the two countries.
“Since Pakistan was the largest recipient of the Full Bright Scholarship Programme, under the ambit of the United States-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Project, Pakistan was working closely with the various American universities to forge new possibilities for our students,” he added.
It is worth noting that Pakistan has recently enacted National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2016 to give rise to effective conservation and productive use of energy.
While addressing to a press conference in November, Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change Zaid Hamid told the media that the country is setting up world’s largest 1000 MW solar park as part of its plans to promote renewable energy programme.
The minister also mentioned that the launch of Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme, which is set to spread all over the country in the near future, is also part of the current measures being taken to preserve the climate and solve energy issues in the country.