Mr. Hassaan Idrees's Profile

Mr. Hassaan Idrees is from Karachi, Pakistan. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from NUST and Arizona State University (ASU), respectively, and has professional experience in electric utility, petroleum and consumer goods companies. As a Fulbright scholar in the U.S. from 2014-2016 he worked for the ASU Power Systems Engineering Research Center, and served as the vice president of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) chapter, working in engineering development projects in the Navajo Nation, and for India and Kenya. In December 2014 Secretary Ernest Moniz of the U.S. Department of Energy appreciated his work in the Native American communities. He has to his name the 2013 IEEE Young Professionals Award for design of a rural e-health record system in Kerala, India, the Spot Recognition Award during plant turnaround at British Petroleum, and the International Young Leader’s Award by the Duke of Edinburgh for community service. At K-Electric, he currently works in energy efficiency and integration of renewable electrical energy systems. Hassaan is passionate about energy, and has recently designed and installed solar home systems for an entire off grid village in the Tharparkar desert bringing light, education and empowerment to the community.


Evolution of Power Utilities

Global trends are rapidly changing for power utilities, and Pakistan is no different. With increasing penetration of solar and wind distributed generation technologies, energy efficient mechanisms, energy storage options, and independent power producers expanding in the market, being in the utility business has never been more exciting. This presentation will focus on why the energy landscape in the country is evolving, and how K-Electric (KE) intends to not only be relevant, but remain a crucial cog in the economic gears of the city. In a national energy environment dominated by CPEC, this presentation will focus on the intertwining policies, strategies and mechanisms within a utility arena. Being the only private utility in the country’s largest city, impacting the biggest economic and industrial nerve centers, and sustaining the most residences and businesses – KE deals with these superlatives on a daily basis – and remains, to date, one of the most successful private business models of the country. In this presentation, the presenters will talk about the slowly waning global fossil fuel industry, the importance of microgrids and transactive energy, and the emergence of blockchain models. Engineers, social scientists, policymakers, analysts, strategists, and thinkers – learn how the 70 years of the U.S.-Pakistan friendship has laid ground for a sound energy future of Pakistan, from assisting Pakistani government with construction of the Tarbela dam in 1960s, to the development of the Quaid-e-Azam solar park in 2014, and to establishing the U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy in 2015.

Mr. Hassaan Idrees
Assistant Manager
Energy Conservation and Efficiency, K-Electric

Fulbright Master’s
Arizona State University




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