During a meeting with German Ambassador Martin Kobler on Friday, Federal Minister for Power, Omar Ayub Khan said that transparency in power system and introduction of new technology in transmission and distribution systems are among his top priorities. The minister apprised the ambassador about challenges in the transmission system of Pakistan. He also informed that he is devising a comprehensive plan for re-hauling of transmission and distribution system so that wastage could be minimised. He also revealed his plan for digitalisation of transmission and distribution system to obtain real time feedback on demand, supply for effective load management. He reiterated his firm to take all possible measures to eliminate culture of direct hooking with the help of improved technology which would ultimately save Rs 250 billion annually which is lost in line losses and pilferage. While stressing upon the need of harnessing wind and solar resources, he said that Pakistan is a country which has great potential for solar and wind projects and the present government in its thrust to have large share of renewable power intends to benefit from the experiences of the developed nations. The minister said he would take every possible step to exploit the benefits of the clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable renewable power resources of the country. The German ambassador applauded the initiatives of present government and offered the support of his country in research and development particularly in the field of renewable energy. He also informed about increasing interest of German investors in the field on renewable energy. Published in Daily Times, October 13th 2018.