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Effectiveness of Regulatory Structure in the Power Sector of Pakistan

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  • Afia Malik

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.)

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This paper is an attempt to study the regulatory environment in the electricity sector of Pakistan. NEPRA, a regulatory authority was formed in 1997 to protect consumer interests in the area of electricity provision, and to ensure an efficient and competitive environment for the electricity generators and distributors, but it has so far not been able to achieve anything. The power sector (dominated by WAPDA and KESC) is still affected by institutional and organisational weaknesses, with inefficient and non-optimal tariffs, high line losses, and high level of corruption. It has been found weak administrative governance in NEPRA in the form of lack of autonomy, resulting in the overall institutional inability to carry out the desired functions effectively. In addition, NEPRA is lacked in professional expertise to supervise and control the power sector and establish a rational and equitable pricing regime.

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Paper provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its series PIDE-Working Papers with number 2007:25.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pid:wpaper:2007:25

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Keywords: Electricity; NEPRA; Pakistan; Reforms; Regulation;

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  1. Jamil, Faisal & Ahmad, Eatzaz, 2010. "The relationship between electricity consumption, electricity prices and GDP in Pakistan," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(10), pages 6016-6025, October.
  2. Afia Malik, 2012. "Power Crisis in Pakistan: A Crisis in Governance?," PIDE Monograph Series 2012:4, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  3. Syed Sajid Ali & Sadia Badar, 2010. "Dynamics of Circular Debt in Pakistan and Its Resolution," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 15(Special E), pages 61-74, September.
  4. Imran, Kashif & Hassan, Tehzeebul & Aslam, Muhammad Farooq & Ngan, Hon-Wing & Ahmad, Intesar, 2009. "Simulation analysis of emissions trading impact on a non-utility power plant," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 5694-5703, December.
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