Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday January 26th 2023
DisCos Didn’t Utilise 1,070.36MW in One Week – FG
Power distribution companies failed to utilise a total of 1,070.36 megawatts of electricity in one week amidst the blackout being witnessed across the country, the Federal Government has said.
Latest power utilisation data obtained from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, an agency of the Federal Government, showed that the Discos did not utilise the over 1,070MW of electricity between December 24 and December 30, 2022.
Nigeria’s 11 Discos include Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and Yola.
DisCos Lament Low Power Allocation
Electricity utility firms otherwise known as the DisCos have bemoaned low power supply from generating companies, which has led to load shedding.
The country has been experiencing low power supply for some weeks, with many areas getting electricity supply for only an hour per day.
The DisCos have blamed GenCos for the significant drop in electricity.
A statement from Ikeja Electric over the weekend said it has been shedding load as a result of low power allocation
Nigeria, Egypt Agree on Joint Electricity Devt
Nigeria and Egypt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of electricity and renewable energy.
The Egyptian minister of Electricity, Mohamed Shaker and his Nigerian counterpart, Abubakar D.Aliyu signed the document, according to a statement by the Egyptian ministry on January 24th.
Through the MoU, the two countries will provide technical support for the electricity generation sector and the development of electricity transmission and distribution networks, and the transition to smart grid systems.
Angry Edo Youths Attack PHCN Official, Leave Him with Broken Leg
Angry youths of Ugbiyoko community in Edo State have attacked staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), leaving him with a leg fracture.
A video making the rounds online shows the PHCN staff being transported in a vehicle to a local hospital where he is said to be receiving treatment.
The official was said to have visited the community in Edo state to fix a line breaker when youths descended on him in anger.
Mass-Manufactured Clean Energy Technologies to Hit $650 Billion Yearly
A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that mass-manufactured clean energy technologies will be worth around $650 billion a year by 2030.
This development is more than three times the current level of manufacturing, a move attributed to global implementation of energy and climate pledges.
Though Nigeria launched an energy transition plan and renewable energy roadmap, the United Kingdom High Commission last year, said climate-smart investment in Nigeria, especially in the renewable energy sector, stands at over $104 billion.
Angola to Produce 80% of its Electricity from Renewable Sources
João Lourenço was one of the African heads of state present during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which ended on Thursday, January 19, 2023. The president of Angola recently spoke in the United Arab Emirates on his nation’s plans for sustainable growth, including a goal to generate 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Because Angola already generates 56% of its electricity from renewable sources, despite being the third-largest oil producer on the African continent (with 1.11 million barrels of crude produced in 2021, according to the German portal Statista). Only hydroelectric dams—including the Laùca (2,070 W), Cambambe (960 MW), Capanda (520 MW) on the Kwanza River, and Matala (40 MW) on the Matala River—produce clean electricity.
Clean Energy provides operations update
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of clean fuel for the transportation market based in Newport Beach, California, has provided several operational updates on its renewable natural gas (RNG) production.
According to a news release from Clean Energy, the company has been awarded a contract by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), to provide an expected 86 million gallons of RNG to operate its bus fleet.
Welsh Government Targets 100% of Electricity from Renewables
The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on hitting targets that would allow Wales to meet 100% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035.
Wales already generates 55% of its electricity from renewables.
Wales’ Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, has proposed a target for at least 1.5GW of renewable energy capacity to be locally owned by 2035, excluding heat pumps.
The Climate Change Minister said, “The climate crisis shows that we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Providing new targets compels us to stride towards net zero as quickly as we realistically can. The evidence is clear that towards the end of this decade, we will need to rapidly ramp up our electricity generation to meet our energy needs.”
Qcells and Microsoft Collaborate to Develop 2.5GW of Solar Capacity
The Korean-based company, Qcells will be working with Microsoft to develop solar projects and provide panels and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to selected solar projects that Microsoft has contracted for through power purchase agreements.
The capacity covered under the announcement is expected to total around 2.5 GW.
The companies stated that their agreement stems from their “collective commitments” to diversify the global energy supply chain and develop more reliable energy supply chains in the U.S. and abroad.
Microsoft Corp. emphasized that it aims to be carbon negative by 2030.