ISLAMABAD – Today, Pakistani officials and United States government officials celebrated the conclusion of the Four-Year Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) Project. As part of the SEP project, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with the Pakistani government to provide more affordable and climate-friendly electricity to Pakistan’s national energy grid while promoting the country’s economic growth. . USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen said, “SEP has helped make the energy sector more competitive, modern, efficient, clean and financially viable for Pakistanis. I hope that the impact of this work will go beyond the energy sector and benefit the entire economy of Pakistan. Waseem Mukhtar, additional secretary of the energy division of the Department of Energy, commended USAID for its partnership, innovation and support in making Pakistan’s energy sector more sustainable. Through this project, USAID increased Pakistan’s wind and solar capacity by approximately 50% by leveraging more than $ 900 million in private investment and facilitating the addition of 860 megawatts of wind and solar projects.
SEP has also introduced and standardized several new technologies in Pakistan’s electricity sector, including smart meters, which the Pakistani government has expanded with its own funds. The US government’s partnership with Pakistan’s energy sector spans decades and covers a wide range of projects to help Pakistan modernize its energy sector and tackle the effects of climate change.