Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday January 5th 2023
Electricity generation falls to 1,892MW
On Wednesday, electricity generation fell from 4,017MW at 2:00 p.m. to 1,892.30MW at 3:00 p.m.
The Independent System Operator of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) confirmed the decline in power.
Although generation has since returned to normal, during the decline, 20 power plants were in operation when the grid recorded 4,017MW and then dropped by 2,125.66MW.
According to the Nation newspaper, production increased to 1,191MW at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, when only eight plants were operational.
Kaduna Electric launches whistle blower platforms
Kaduna Electric has launched its whistle-blower platforms where customers can report both staff and customer misdemeanour.
Announcing the initiative on Tuesday in Kaduna, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Engr. Yusuf Usman Yahaya, said a dedicated mobile phone number has been provided where customers can call in 24/7 to provide vital information that will help arrest nefarious activities of electricity users in their neighbourhood and communities.
He said that in addition to phone calls, customers can also send text messages or write to the company via a dedicated email address to report cases of energy theft, meter bypass and tampering. He added that the platforms could be accessed through the company’s website.
Solar Mesh-Grids to Improve Energy Access in Nigeria
Okra Solar will provide access to electricity through mesh-grid technology to mini-grid developers. Launched in 2016, Okra Solar developed the mesh-grid technology specifically to electrify underserved or unserved communities.
Their proprietary Okra Pod is a device that enables the solar systems installed at each household to communicate and share power through a low voltage transmission cable (creating the mesh-grid). The pods are sold with PV panels, battery and inverters.
Environmentalist Seeks Adoption Of Renewable Energy
An environmental expert, Mr Gafar Odubote, has tasked Nigerians on adaptation and adoption of renewable energy to address climate change effects.
Odubote, the Network Coordinator, Let’s Do It World (LDIW) Africa Region, an environmental non-profit organisation, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.
EU Approves $4.5 Million to Improve Energy Access in Nigeria via Solar Mesh Grids
The European Union (EU) has approved a $4.5 million working capital facility under the ElectriFI Country Window for Nigeria. The financing facility will help in providing electricity access through solar mesh-grid technology by mini-grid developer Okra Solar, targeting around 76,000 beneficiaries by 2025.
Okra Solar develops mesh-grid technology and provides clean electricity to underserved or unserved communities. Launched in 2016, the company has now set its focus on the highly strategic Nigerian market and looks forward to energizing 30,000 plus households in the country in the next two to three years.
Low water levels have created an energy crisis at the world’s largest dam
The water level at the world’s largest man-made dam — which generates hydroelectric power for millions of people in Zambia and Zimbabwe — has dropped to a record low, forcing local energy companies to make drastic cuts.
The cuts mean no electricity for large portions of the day in these countries, adversely affecting the region’s economy and way of life for its residents.