Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Friday September 8th 2023
The Electricity Act 2023 And The Constitutional Amendment Act 2023: Implications For The Power Sector
In a bid to foster competition, transparency, and efficiency within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (“NESI”), the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act 2005 (“EPSRA”) was passed into law. The EPSRA sought to reform the power sector by unbundling the then Power Holding Company of Nigeria (“PHCN”) into 18 successor companies comprising of 6 generation Companies (“GENCOs”), the transmission company of Nigeria, and 11 distribution companies (“DISCOs”). Furthermore, the EPSRA established the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (“NERC”), which is vested with the regulatory powers over generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity across Nigeria1.
We’re Working With DisCos to Clear Bottlenecks in Power Supply
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) says it is working with electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to address power supply bottlenecks.
Chiedu Ugbo, managing director of NDPHC, spoke to journalists after leading a delegation of the management team to meet with Vice-President Kashim Shettima.
He said the company is working assiduously to address issues impeding adequate power supply in the country.
“What you see is that the whole grid is challenged by off-take evacuations from transmission and off-take by distribution and if distribution is not able to take what the distribution can carry; transmission will not be able to take what you can generate so it is as simple as that,” he said.
Set Up Customers Centers, FG Tells Discos
The Federal Government has ordered power distribution companies to deploy customer engagement platforms within the next three months, beginning from September 1, 2023.
The directive meant the Discos must install the facilities before January 2024.
It gave the order through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, and explained that the directive became vital due to the failure of Discos in resolving the complaints of power users.
The directive was contained in a document from NERC, with order number: NERC/2023/006, obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja on Thursday, and titled, ‘Order on deployment of customer engagement platforms’.
NERC Orders DisCos on Handling of Consumers’ Complaints
THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, yesterday, issued a new regulatory instrument or Order targeted at achieving faster handling of consumers’ complaints in the power sector.
The instrument – Order on Deployment of Customer Engagement Platforms – aims at “providing guidance on the minimum standards for the deployment of all call centers by DisCos pursuant to section 119 of the Electricity Act and standardizing call centers deployed by DisCos for seamless integration with the Commission’s call center.”
In the Order obtained by Vanguard, the Commission said: “All DisCos shall within eight weeks from the commencement of this Order, deploy a complaint management and ticketing platform”, adding that, “they must within three months from the commencement of this Order, deploy fully featured customer engagement platforms.
Epileptic Power Supply: We’re Working to Tackle Electricity Distribution Challenges – NDPH Boss
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, Limited, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, has outlined measures being taken by the company towards easing the bottlenecks that have plagued electricity distribution to consumers in the country.
Ugbo stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after he led the management of the company to the inaugural meeting of the Governing Board of the NDPHC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, under Vice-President Kashim Shettima, who is Board Chairman.
Nigeria’s Energy Market Huge, Attractive – Onuigbo Urges Investors
Sam Onuigbo, the Southeast representative on the governing board of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), has called on foreign and local investors to take advantage of the huge energy market in Nigeria.
According to NAN, Onuigbo disclosed this recently after the 2023 Africa Climate Summit’s Parliamentarians Dialogue.
He expressed worry that over 40 per cent of Nigerians still do not have access to electricity, while he was optimistic that the recently signed Electricity Act 2023 would revamp the country’s power sector.