Energy conservation imperative for economic uplift

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Experts at national seminar on ‘Energy Conservation” here Thursday said effective management of energy and saving of gas and power was imperative for sustained economic growth and development of the country.

They said no country can make rapid progress unless making scientific conservation of the national resources and urged people to save energy especially in peak time to get rid of load-shedding on permanent basis.

University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar have organized the seminar with Chairman Electrical Department, Professor Dr. Syed Waqar Shah in the chair.

Advisor, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Professor Dr. Irfan Mufti appraised participants about importance of energy conservation and its effective use.

Dr Mufti regretted over wastage of electricity and gas resources due to lack of attention of people and Kunda culture, resulting load-shedding especially in rural areas.

He called for proper planning and strict implementation of laws for scientific management of energy, strong action against elements involved in power theft cases and disciplinary proceedings against employees involved in corruption practices.

The other speakers said load shedding causes loss of production of industrial units, increases crime ratio, discourages jobs creations, leads to poverty and economic imbalances.

They suggested electricity companies to ensure that they have enough capacity to meet normal and peak demands and can be achieved by planning for future electricity demand and progressively upgrading the generating equipment, maintain existing systems, reducing transmission losses and increasing efficiency in the entire system.

They experts lauded PMLN Government’s efforts for addressing the grave problem of energy crisis and provision of uninterrupted power to the industrial units and domestic consumers in the country.