Engr. Irfan Ahmad graduated in Electrical Engineering (with Hons) in 1971 from the Engineering College, University of Peshawar and later did his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Aachen in Germany. During his professional carrier of more than 35 years, Engr. Irfan Ahmad has worked in both public and private sectors in Pakistan and in Germany, mainly in the field power engineering and renewable energy.
Currently Engr. Irfan Ahmad is actively engaged as an Energy Consultant for the following organizations:
1) Director, The Energy Grid (Pvt) Ltd.
2) Energy Consultant to the World Bank
3) Technical Advisor, HydroChina Dawood Power (Pvt) Ltd. (50MW WPP)
4) Technocrat Member Solar Committee, Energy Department, Govt. of Sindh
5) Resource Person, SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad
6) Technical Advisor, Power China Wind Solar Hybrid Project (100MW Hybrid PP)
Engr. Irfan Ahmad is Fellow of the Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Pakistan (IEEEP) which he joined in 1985. Currently he is the Chairman of IEEEP Karachi Centre. As a professional engineer, Engr. Irfan Ahmad has been able to serve the engineering community and the general public at large by making numerous technical presentations on vital energy issues in the Technical Seminars and Symposia organized by professional bodies both in Pakistan and abroad.
Least cost and sustainable local solutions to resolve the Energy Issues of Pakistan
Despite Government claims, all the indications are that the Energy Crisis is far from over. It is an election year and the Government thinks that it can muster up the last bit of reserve power to sustain summer demand for a few months. Those of us who have been living through the crisis since the time Pakistan started running out of Power nearly three decades ago, know now that the crisis can only be ended by going for indigenous technical solutions.
The Government policies have not produced the desired results as they somehow could not keep pace with the technological advancements. The long time required due to the bureaucratic processes for putting policies into actions and more than often ad hoc changes in policies for short term reliefs has killed the good intentions and also disappointed the investors. Politicians meanwhile have also spent all their political capital and cannot be trusted anymore. From June onward FATF may further result into reduced foreign capital investments aggravating the situation further. Under these circumstances, it is all the more necessary to look for indigenous solutions.
This presentation discusses the present state of affairs based on verified market data. The solutions offered are indigenous and sustainable. It shows that the intrinsic least cost options can bring immediate relief to the Country's economy in many ways. Further, that these options are quite in-line with Pakistan commitments to the World on Climate Change.
The academia and industry have also been given an important role to play and provided with an ample chance to work together to create a win-win situation. There are solutions to gear up individual local investments but an enabling cooperatives environment may take a little more time to establish. The policies may have to be changed slightly by giving right incentives and protections to foster an environment of sharing the common wealth and resources of the Country.