Report Urges Cash-Strapped Pakistan to Pursue Clean Energy

ISLAMABAD: Cash-strapped Pakistan should pursue clean energy instead of relying on coal, nuclear and hydroelectric power, according to a report released Wednesday urging the country’s policymakers to rethink plans for building more coal-fired plants.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said coal-fired power, one of the central pillars of Pakistan’s energy deals with China, is a costlier and dirtier alternative to wind or solar energy, which China is also supplying but to a lesser degree.

Simon Nichols, an energy finance analyst with the institute, told The Associated Press that China is dumping its dirtier coal-fired systems on developing nations while leading the world in renewable resource systems that will find a market in developed countries as they move away from fossil fuels.

“There is no such thing as clean coal,” said Nichols…read more

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