Pamir Energy, a SECO-supported Power Utility in Tajikistan, has won the "2017 International Ashden Award" for its work bringing clean, reliable and affordable hydroelectric power to 220,000 people in East Tajikistan and 35,000 people in North Afghanistan.
On 15.6.2017, the Ashden Award was received by Daler Jumaev, Director General of Pamir Energy, in an Award Ceremony in London featuring as a keynote speaker the former Vice-President of the United States, Al Gore.
The Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy. International winners receive £20,000 in prize money as well as a tailored package of business support to scale up their work.
Pamir Energy was founded in 2002 as a Public-Private Partnership with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and the International Finance Corporation as shareholders. From its foundation, SECO has supported the consolidation of Pamir Energy as an electricity company, the reform of the tariff and subsidy system and helped to secure the sustainability of its investments. The support included the establishment of a lifeline subsidy scheme targeting poor households and the completion of a metering programme, which is a pre-requisite for the efficient and equitable operation of such a subsidy scheme.
Since its foundation, Pamir Energy has restored 11 small hydropower plants and upgraded 4300 km of old transmission and distribution facilities in East Tajikistan. This may not seem like such a feat, but in the Pamirs, it most certainly is. The climate conditions are harsh, with bitterly cold winters (temperatures as low as -20°C in Khorog, the largest city of the region, and as low as -50°C in Murgab district), and precipitation concentrated in very short periods. The terrain is very rugged and high; Pamir Energy’s highest transmission line is built at 3640m altitude. The region faces high natural risks from avalanches, rock fall, mudflows, earth quakes and flooding. Climate Change will increase risks (e.g. risk of outbreak of glacial lakes). The overall remoteness and poor road infrastructure makes building and maintaining energy infrastructure particularly challenging; it is a 14-hour drive, on high mountain passes, to the capital city, Dushanbe.
Despite these odds, Pamir Energy provides 96% of households in the region with reliable, clean electricity. This means that school students can do homework after dark, people can heat their homes in winter and deforestation is significantly reduced as the main source of fuel for heating and cooking had previously been fire wood, with 70% of local forests lost. Furthermore, the local economy has grown and new businesses were opened thanks to the availability of reliable energy supply.
Following to mudslides in July 2015, which led to significant disruption and damages in Pamir Energy’s energy transmission infrastructure, SECO made available additional funds to support Pamir Energy with the rehabilitation of the transmission lines and to evolve towards a more resilient energy company. Today, Pamir Energy plans its infrastructure in less-disaster prone locations and has increased its readiness to respond to natural disasters effectively when they occur.
Last modification 16.06.2017