Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Monday December 19th 2022
Why we increased electricity tariff EEDC
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), has said the recent minor electricity tariff adjustment of about 13 per cent reflected current economic realities in the country and was necessary to keep the electricity industry alive.
The Head, Corporate Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.
The tariff rate for Non-MD customers under R2SB class increased from N58.47 to N66.47 per kilowatt.
Ezeh spoke on the sidelines of complaints by some customers over the surprise increase in tariff per kilowatt they noticed which cuts across all categories of customers within the company network franchise area in the South-East.
$10bn Nigeria, US renewable energy investment programme begins Q1 2023
The deal will culminate into the construction of 5,000 MW of solar generation and 2,500 MWh of battery energy storage power plants for up to $10 billion investment from the U.S. government.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the agreement was signed at the US-Africa Business Forum (USABF) in Washington D.C last week.
Shehu, said that the agreement was signed by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, on behalf of the Federal Government, and the CEO of Sun Africa, Adam Cortese, in the presence of Amos Hochstein, President Joe Bidenâ€™s Special Presidential Coordinator for the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment.
Electricity consumers kick as discos effect silent increase in tariffs
Nigerians have protested against the silent increase in electricity tariffs by power distribution companies across the country.
The customers who called the unannounced increment as shocking, said it was worrisome that the Federal Government allowed discos to raise electricity tariff despite the crippling fuel scarcity being experienced in the nation.
Confirming the increase, a power user in Enugu revealed that the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) increased their tariffs again without public notice.
Power Outage Worsens in Lagos
In a period of the abysmal performance of most of the licensed electricity distribution companies in Nigeria, there appears to be a groundswell of opinion favouring a revisit of the 2013 power sector privatisation which put the operation of electricity generation and distribution in the hands of private sector owners.
Interestingly, governors of many of the states in the country are busy lamenting the plight of business owners over poor delivery by the respective electricity distribution companies, a development which has in turn incapacitated taxpayers from meeting their obligations to states.
Nigeria power challenges will continue- Stakeholders
Till date, the country still gives the unpleasant impression of being one of the countries with the poorest power supply.
This is why stakeholders across Nigeria power sector value chain, from transmission, distribution, generation and renewable energy operators, gathered at the 13th edition of PWC Annual Power and Utilities Roundtable in Lagos.
The event which was themed; Setting a New Power Agenda, had the stakeholders express their different perspectives on the policies required to solve the challenges in the sector. Further, it was apparent that political actors often have bold ambitions that drive policymaking but sometimes aren’t consistent with the pragmatic realities in the industry. This misalignment hampers a collaborative approach towards solutions.
Man kills Roommate over N300 Electricity Bill in Delta
Warrir-based Man, identified as Godstime Oke has allegedly killed his friend and roommate, Gaga Allia over an N300 electricity bill in Okumagba layout, Warri, Delta State.
Tribune reports that at about 10 pm after the 2022 FIFA World Cup match on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, in their one-room apartment, Godstime Oke, and Gaga Allia got into a fight which led to Godstime allegedly stabbing Gaga in the neck with a broken bottle.
Allia eventually bled to death as a result of the severity of the injury.
The suspect reportedly fled to the Ugborikoko area, neighboring Warri after committing the act but was caught and handed over to the Nigerian Police Force Division on Thursday, December 15.
NEMSA certifies 10,692 electrical installations in Nigeria in 2022 MD
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) said on Sunday that it had certified 10,692 out of the 15,000 electrical installations inspected in Nigeria in 2022, to ensure enforcement of safety.
Managing Director, NEMSA, Aliyu Tahir, said this in Abuja at an interactive session with journalists on the achievements of the agency in Abuja.
We have inspected over 15,931 electricity projects across the country out of which 10,692 have been certified fit for use by NEMSA.
We have also monitored 12,114 existing networks and power systems nationwide which is part of the agency mandate.
Also over 3,255 electrical installations at factories, hazardous installations have been inspected by NEMSA, he said.
Renewable energy production hits new record in SA, as expert predicts more milestones to fall soon
South Australia has been effectively powered by green energy for a week, with one expert predicting it could extend to a month by early next year.
From December 12 to 19, National Energy Market data showed wind and solar contributed on average 103.5 per cent towards the state’s energy demand.
No coal was used during the period, but gas accounted for 5.9 per cent of electricity when renewable sources were not enough to power the state at points at night.