KARACHI: During a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at CM House on Wednesday, the Sindh cabinet approved the establishment of the Sindh Electric Power Regulatory Authority (SEPRA).
According to sources, the newly established regulatory authority aims to eliminate energy poverty and improve energy equity in the province.
The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, advisors, special assistants, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Chairman P&D Hassan Naqvi, PSCM Fayaz Jatoi, and other concerned officers.
The Sindh Energy Minister, Imtiaz Shaikh, briefed the cabinet that the province had a complete value chain of energy resources, including coal, solar, and wind, which could be utilized for the generation of electricity.
He further added that renewable projects, especially wind and solar development, had been facing constraints within the national framework.
In response to this, Murad stated that a comprehensive legal, policy, and regulatory framework for the generation, transmission, distribution, and regulation of energy was essential to improve energy equity and eliminate energy poverty in the province.
The cabinet was told that the provinces had been allowed to construct powerhouses, grid stations, and lay transmission lines for use within the province under Section (7)(4) of the NEPRA Act 1997.
After thorough discussion, the establishment of the Sindh Electric Power Regulatory Authority was approved by the cabinet.
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