Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday January 12th 2023

Posted by News Room January 12, 2023

Electricity Consumers To Get Metres In 48 Hours Under Mobile MAP Programme 

The Enugu Electricity Dis­tribution Company (EEDC) said customers will obtain their prepaid metres 48 hours after they enrol in the ongoing mobile Metre Asset Provider (MAP) programme.

Vincent Ekwekwu, the Chief Technical Officer of EEDC, said this at the com­mencement of the mobile MAP programme for customers in Anambra held in Ogidi, Idemili North LGA on Wednesday.

Ekwekwu called in un­metered consumers in the area to take advantage of the programme as it would lead to the end of estimated billing in payment for pow­er supplied.


Obaseki reforms: Refinery, supermarkets, private hospitals, connect to Ossiomo Power 

A growing list of private companies in Edo State are connecting to the 95MW Ossiomo Power Plant in Edo State, providing a leeway for the businesses to maintain stable electricity supply to enhance their margins, increase productivity and contribute to the state Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Ossiomo Power Plant is an electricity generation and distribution company that was birthed as a result of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) sealed between the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration and the private power firm.

The power firm provides between 18-24 hours of electricity daily to government establishments, private companies and also powers the state government light-up Edo project, which powers streetlights across Benin metropolis.


DisCos Urged To Comply With NEMSA Regulations 

Electric Distribution Companies have been urged to comply with the regulations and enforcement directives of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA.

This call was made by the MD/CEO, NEMSA, and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Engr Aliyu T. Tahir, at the visit to Eko Disco on the national monitoring and technical evaluation of the 33KV Primary Feeders and associated injection substation supplied from 330/132/33KV and 132/33KV transmission substations.

Engr Tahir, during the monitoring with the NEMSA task force team, identified some of the challenges at the interface points between transmission and electricity distribution networks hindering smooth power supply delivery in the country.


Unmetered Electricity Consumers Hit 7.8m 

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says the number of power consumers on estimated billing have risen to over 7.8 million.It was gathered that the number of unmetered power users increased from about six million in 2021 to the latest figure as at last year.The NERC also revealed that Nigeria earned an estimated N4.4bn from the export of electricity in three months. It disclosed this in its just-released 2022 report.According to the commission, The huge metering gap for end-use customers is still a key challenge in the industry. It is estimated that of the 12,542,581 registered energy customers as at March 2022, only 4,740,114 (37.79 per cent) have been metered.This implies that a total of 7,802,467 power users are without meters and receive estimated electricity bills.


Grid Collapse: Reps Attribute Menace To TCN Obsolete Equipment 

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power, Hon. Magaji Dau Aliyu (APC, Jigawa) has blamed the recurring collapses of the National Grid on obsolete equipment being used by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). Dau, who represents Birnin Kudu/Buji federal constituency of Jigawa State said this in Birnin-Kudu while speaking during a reception held in his honour, to celebrate the completion of his Ph.D. programme. The lawmaker said though he was not trying to defend TCN but Nigerians should note that the company inherited old and outdated infrastructure which are hampering its service delivery to the nation.


Leeward Closes US$260 Million Financing for 352MWh Solar-BESS in California 

Wells Fargo, MUFG and Silicon Valley Bank have completed US$260 million of construction financing for Leeward Renewable Energy Chaparral Springs solar-plus-storage project in California. The developer announced the securing of financing and tax equity commitments for Chaparral Springs yesterday (10 January). The project in Kern County, California, will combine 174MW of solar PV and a four-hour 88MW/352MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) once operational in September 2023.

The debt portion was issued under the Loan Market Authority Green Loan Principles. JP Morgan has provided US$29 million in tax equity investment and has committed to investing another US$114 million at commissioning. Chaparral Springs will provide its energy under a previously-announced 15-year power purchase agreement to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) groups Peninsula Clean Energy and Valley Clean Energy.


Intersect Power Commissions 224-MW Solar Park 

According to a clean energy company Intersect Power LLC, the 224 MWp Athos III solar park in California’s Riverside County has begun commercial operations.

In December 2022, the Blythe Mesa Solar II photovoltaic (PV) facility was utterly operational. It contains a 112-MW integrated battery storage component, and the entire plant occupies over 3,600 acres (1,457 hectares) of private property. The solar farm output is predicted to be sufficient to supply 94,000 nearby houses with electricity each year.

In 2020, Intersect Power purchased the Athos III project from RRG Renewables, and work on it got the following year underway.


Italian Firms buy 400MW BESS Project in ERCOT Worth US$8.5 million 

A 400MW early-stage battery storage project in ERCOT, Texas, has been acquired by a joint venture (JV) controlled by Italian firms Redelfi and Altea Green Power for up to US$8.5 million. The firms JV entity BESS Power Corporation has finalised the purchase of the standalone 400MW Lund Storage Center from developer Aelius Solar Corp. They said the Lund Storage project is at an advanced stage of development and increases BESS Power Corporation pipeline under development from 200MW to 600MW, out of a total planned pipeline of 1.4GW. BESS Power has purchased the project from Aelius Solar Corp for an initial US$500,000 plus an additional US$20,000 per authorised MW of power, an earnout paid upon the project sale to third-party investors. That means a potential payout to Aelius Solar Corp of US$8.5 million.


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