Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday January 19th 2023

Posted by News Room January 19, 2023

City Power Cuts off Nigerian Consulate’s Electricity Over Unpaid Bill of More Than R400 000 

City Power has disconnected the electricity at the Nigerian consulate in Johannesburg after it failed to pay a R406 000 bill. 

Day two of the City Power three-day revenue collection effort in Region E kicked off with a visit to smaller businesses in and around Alexandra, Wynberg and Kew. 

The bulk electricity supplier is owed R4 billion in unpaid bills, and defaulting businesses in Region E owe it R363 million.  

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said it hoped to retrieve R36 million of this debt within three days. 


Electricity Subsidy Gulped N120bn in 2022 –FG 

The Federal Government yesterday said electricity subsidy targeted at supporting Nigerians at the lower band rate gulped N120 billion in 2022. 

Special Adviser to the President on Power and Infrastructure, Mr. Zakari Ahmed, stated this during a live interview on Channels Television. 

Ahmed explained that Government continues to subsidise those within the C,D and E tariff bands, who, he said, are mostly without  longer hours of power supply and less affluent. He said government will continue to support citizens who need help, especially through subsidies to enable them feel the impact of governance 


26 Power Plants Suffer Capacity Drop 

The capacities of 26 power-generating plants out of 29 in the country have dropped by 26 per cent, while three were totally down, unable to generate a single megawatt. 

According to data sourced from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the drop in output occurred from January 2019 to December 2022. 

The data showed that 26 power plants as of January 2021, had a combined capacity to generate 5859MW of electricity, but dropped to 4522MW as of December last year. 

The power plants affected were Afam-IV-V, Alaoji NIPP, Azura Edo, Delta, Egbin, GBARAIN, Geregu, GereguNIPP, Ibom Power, Ihovbor NIPP and Jebba. 



Power Generation Drops to 2,200MW 

At 14:00hours, yesterday, power generation dropped to 2,200MW from 3,553MW, it was learnt.Only 10 out of 24 power plants generated the 2,200MW, according to the Independent System Operator of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in its document titled: “List of GenCos and their MW Load at 14:00hours on 17/01/2023.”It implies a loss of 1,253MW within one hour, indicating 35.26percent decrease in the energy production of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).The 10 electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), which produced the 2,200MW 


Ghana Adopts Energy Exemplar Plexos 

The Energy Commission of Ghana has signed an agreement to use energy-modelling company Energy Exemplar’s modelling software to understand the entire energy landscape across Ghana, including gas and electricity, this week. The Ghanaian government aims to increase the proportion of renewables in the national mix from 42.5 MW to 1 363 MW, or by more than 30 times. The Energy Commission of Ghana has signed a two-year agreement to use Energy Exemplar’s PLEXOS modelling software to support the country’s energy aspirations. The global body, the World Bank, funded the agreement. 


S Africa Plans New Law to Hasten Energy Projects 

South Africa is developing new legislation to speed up energy projects to add generating capacity and help end power cuts. A presentation seen by Reuters on Tuesday from the country’s energy crisis committee showed that ageing coal-fired power stations, underinvestment in new capacity and foot-dragging on policies to encourage private providers had left South Africa facing constant power cuts. However, work is underway to accelerate the procurement of additional capacity, according to a presentation from the National Energy Crisis Committee, set up by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The committee is working to “develop emergency legislation which can be tabled in Parliament to allow energy projects to proceed more quickly and enable coordinated and decisive action.” 


Angola Participates in Panel on Clean Energy in Africa 

The Foreign Minister of Angola, Téte António, considered that Angola’s presence in the panel is a matter of “great interest” as it will allow showing the national vision on a subject of marked economic and environmental importance. The initiative is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) activities, which aims to be a global platform for seeking alternatives to environmental problems, including the effects of extreme weather changes. 

The heads of State of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema; Uganda, Yoweri Museveni; and Tanzania, Samia Suluhu, also participated in the event, dedicated to the situation on the continent, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 


S. Africa’s Ramaphosa Cancels Davos Trip Over Power Crisis at Home 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has scrapped plans to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos because of the country’s energy crisis. According to his spokesman, Vincent Magwenya, South Africa is experiencing record blackouts due to troubles at state-owned power utility Eskom over the past 12 months. Ramaphosa was due to lead a government delegation to the WEF event in the Swiss Alps next week but will instead remain home to hold talks with Eskom and political leaders. 

Magwenya tweeted, “Due to the ongoing energy crisis, President @CyrilRamaphosa has cancelled his working visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos”.  “Currently, the President is convening a meeting with leaders of political parties represented in parliament, NECCOM (National Energy Crisis Committee) and the Eskom board.” 


SO Energy Lights Up 37 Military Hospitals in Ghana 

So Energy Ghana, a Sahara Downstream Company, has provided solar-powered street bulbs to the 37 Military Hospital, Accra, in keeping with its commitment to promoting clean energy and environmental sustainability in Ghana. So Energy delivered the project in collaboration with Sahara Foundation, the corporate social responsibility vehicle of Sahara Group. The implementation process was driven by Sahara’s Graduate Management Trainees in Ghana, in keeping with Sahara Group’s commitment to promoting generational sustainability across its locations. 


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