Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Monday 31st October 2022
PHED, TCN Collaborate On Service Delivery
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) Plc, Dr Benson Uwheru, has sought a synergy between the company and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for excellent service delivery to electricity consumers within its franchise area.He also lamented that the faulty Afam-PH 132KV Line 1 has affected PHED’s ability to supply electricity to customers in Port Harcourt and environs. Uwheru called for the collaboration during a familiarisation meeting between the management of the PHED and TCN, in Port Harcourt recently. According to him, integrity and reliability were unnegotiable principles in PHED’s core values aimed at ensuring that quality and excellent services are delivered to its customers.
Why your power supply has dropped since beginning of October 2022
Nigerians have complained about a noticeable drop in power supply across the country since the beginning of October 2022, compared to the power supply rate in September 2022. They are right, as there has been a decline.
Nairametrics earlier reported an 8.07% increase in power supply between July and August 2022, a 1.47% increase between August and September 2022, and a 6.52% drop in power supply between September and October 2022.
Transmission Company of Nigeria fails to wheel 1,194.08MW in 24 hours
Of the 108,954.57 megawatts (MW) energy that was generated on October 29, 2022, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) evacuated 107,760.49MW, leaving 1,194MW (about 1.09 per cent) stranded, The Nation has learnt.
The System Operator (SO) of the TCN, which announced this on its “24 hours Grid Performance Dashboard,” said on the day under review, the peak energy generation was 4,728MW, while lowest energy generation was 4247.50MW at the lowest and highest frequencies of 49.29Hz and 50.32Hz respectively.
Jos Electricity Distribution confirms 121 staff members
The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc (JED) has confirmed the appointment of 121 members of staff who had been working with the organisation for more than two years.
Mr Abdu Mohammed, the Managing Director of JED announced the confirmation during an interactive meeting with the staff of Jos Metro Region.
Dr Friday Elijah, Head, Corporate Communications of the company, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Jos.
Federal Govt Says Zungeru Hydro Power Project Now 96% Completed
The minister of power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu has said that the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project is now over 96% completed. The minister made this known on Friday, October 28 when he paid a working visit to the facility in Niger state.
Engr. Aliyu also said that the facility is one of the priority projects of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, adding that it is will add 700 megawatts (zero carbon) to the national grid.
TCN assists PHED to boost power supply in Port Harcourt zone
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has offered support and partnership to boost power supply in the Port Harcourt zone (Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River).
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) Plc, Benson Uwheru also harped on the need for collaboration and synergy between the electricity distribution company and the TCN in their operations to ensure that excellent services are delivered to electricity consumers in the franchise area of PHED.
Kenyan Youth Urged To Take Advantage Of Opportunities In Solar Energy
Kenyan-based Social Enterprise Toolkit Iskill (TTI) has urged youths in the country to warm up to the immense opportunities in the clean energy sector. According to the organization, the country is facing an acute shortage of trained technicians capable of installing and maintaining solar equipment.
A report done by ToolKit in collaboration with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the French Embassy estimates that Kenya will need up to 30,000 trained solar technicians by 2025, a figure that the company opines may not be attained if the current numbers of youths trained in solar being churned out by Technical and Vocational Training Institutes (TVET) are anything to go by.
HEINEKEN Launches Largest Grid-Connected Solar Plant In South Africa
HEINEKEN South Africa has taken a bold step in moving closer to reducing carbon emissions in all its operations by launching a solar power plant at its Sedibeng, Midvaal brewery. The solar plant began producing power in May this year and is the largest freestanding solar plant powering a brewery in South Africa and the largest within the HEINEKEN group.
The solar plant boasts 14,000 panels with an energy capacity of over 6.5MW providing 30% of the brewery’s electricity demand. The 19 hectares project will generate 17,000MWh per annum.
This embedded grid-connected solar project incorporates single-axis tracking technology that enables the panels to move with the rise and setting of the sun.
GEAPP Launch Scaling Renewables In Malawi For Universal Energy Access
Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) has launched the Scaling Renewables in Malawi to help Malawi achieve universal access by 2030. The programme will support Malawi’s goals to increase electricity access from 18% to 100% and improve energy security and reliability.
President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera said Malawi is proud to join the GEAPP and reaffirm its commitment to ensuring everyone has equitable access to reliable, affordable energy. He said, “Together, our work across the clean energy ecosystem: supporting utility-scale clean energy storage, building decentralised renewable energy to increase agricultural productivity, and developing integrated energy planning, will help transform our country’s economic development.”