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Biomass resource mapping in Pakistan : inception report (English)

Pakistan is facing a large deficit in electricity supply. A report published by the Government ofPakistan (GoP) in 20131 showed that the electricity supply-demand gap has continuously grown overthe past five years and has reached 4,500 to 5,500 MW in 2013. Such an enormous gap has led toload-shedding of 12-16 hours across the country. GoP has set a target to reduce the electricity supply-demand gap to zero by 2017. In order to attain such ambitious target, the GoP has been endeavoring to exploit various options to meet the current and future anticipated electricity needs of the country. Conventional power generation has been the focus of the power master planning that includes large hydro power and fossil fuel-based thermal power projects. As Pakistan has a huge potential of renewable energy resources, the GoP is also promoting the use of renewable energies to increase their shares in total electricity mix of the country. In order to support the GoP, the World Bank (WB) has been providing assistance towards continued development of renewable power (RE) generation (hydro, biomass, solar and wind), so that the energy sector meets electricity demand in an efficient, affordable and environmentally sustainable manner. One of these assistances is to develop RE resource maps for Pakistan. This project is being implemented by the World Bank in Pakistan in close coordination with the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), a government agency of Pakistan. The project is funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the WB and supported by 11 bilateral donors, and is part of a major ESMAP initiative in support of renewable energy (RE) resource mapping and geospatial planning across multiple countries. Biomass resource mapping (Phases 1-3) is one component of the ongoing RE resource mapping project in Pakistan. The objective of this biomass mapping component is to support the sustainableexpansion of electricity generation from biomass by providing the national government andprovincial authorities in Pakistan, and commercial developers, with an improved understanding of the location and potential of biomass resources.


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    Biomass resource mapping in Pakistan : inception report

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Biomass resource mapping in Pakistan : inception report (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.