Frequently Asked Questions
USAID's Power Distribution Program is a project financed by USAID and is designed to facilitate improvements in electric power distribution utilities across Pakistan. The project began in September 2010. The project was designed to be implemented in two distinct phases, information on which is available here
The Power Distribution Program is a five year program. For more information you might like to read the fact sheet.
The USAID Power Distribution Program aims at working jointly with nine (9) DISCOs to bring about sustainable improvements in overall performance. Key performance areas with Key Indicators identified are:
- Reduction in losses
- Revenue improvement and financial sustainability
- Capacity building and training
- Governance and institutional autonomy
- Improvement in customer services and engineering/operations
The target is to bring each DISCO to a level at par with how utilities are run in other progressive countries.
The principal sector targeted for intervention is Power Distribution.
The USAID Power Distribution Program works in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Power, Government of Pakistan and nine (9) power distribution companies (DISCOs) located across the four provinces of Pakistan. The names of these DISCOs are:
- GEPCO - Gujranwala Electric Power Company
- FESCO - Faisalabad Electric Supply Company
- HESCO - Hyderabad Electric Supply Company
- IESCO - Islamabad Electric Supply Company
- LESCO - Lahore Electric Supply Company
- MEPCO - Multan Electric Power Company
- PESCO - Peshawar Electric Supply Company
- QESCO - Quetta Electric Supply Company
- SEPCO - Sukkur Electric Power Company
In light of the energy crisis faced by Pakistan’s electric power Distribution Companies, the United States Government decided to provide assistance and support to the Government of Pakistan (GoP) in its efforts to reform the ailing power sector. To this end, PDP works in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Power (MWP) on behalf of the United States Government and assists the ministry in improving sustainability, governance, revenue, loss reduction, capacity building and training of the government owned distribution companies (DISCOs). The results of these collaborative efforts will emerge in the form of reduction in losses and improvement in revenues and customer services to bring DISCOs at par with their more efficient counterparts in other progressive countries.
The main stakeholders involved in the overall implementation of USAID Power Distribution Program are listed below:
- Ministry of Water and Power
- Government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs): (IESCO, PESCO, HESCO, SEPCO, QESCO, GEPCO, FESCO, MEPCO, LESCO)
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