The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved its maiden Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan 2021-30 (IGCEP-2021) in terms of relative provisions of the grid code of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC).
In a statement issued on Friday, Nepra wrote that IGCEP would be a dynamic document covering the strategic planning of ten years and the document would be revised annually.
“It will act as a primary document for adding new capacity for the generation to meet the future demand in a scientific and systematic manner, thus avoiding the boom and bust cycle, which we have experienced in the past,” the statement added.
According to the IGCEP, the energy mix of the country, which is highly critical towards imported fuels, will be transformed to include major contributions from indigenous resources including hydel, local coal, bagasse, wind, and solar on a minimum cost basis.
The document said that the current coal, furnace oil, and re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) occupied major shares in the energy mix.
According to the IGCEP, the use of furnace oil would be reduced to 2% only from the current utilization of 19%.
“Similarly, the use of RLNG and imported coal will be reduced to 11% and 8% from their current share of 17% and 11% respectively,”
According to the 10-year plan, there would be a massive increase in the contribution of hydel and other renewable energy resources including bagasse, wind, and solar power.