Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Tuesday April 4th 2023
AEDC Regrets Consumers’ Blackout Experience on April 3
According to a formal statement issued by the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) PLC, as Chronicle NG learned.
AEDC “wishes to notify its esteemed customers in Kubwa, Deidei, Parts of Gwarimpa, Bwari, Dutse, Bazango, Suleja, Abuja Steel, Madalla, Zuma, Jiwa, Jere and its environs that the power outage they are currently experiencing is due to an urgent maintenance exercise on the 132kV Katampe – Dawaki Transmission Line between 11 am and 4 pm today 3rd April 2023.
All responsible stakeholders are currently working hard to restore the power supply soonest.
We regret any inconvenience caused.”
The erratic electricity supply in the FCT, according to the electricity distribution company, is caused by production facilities not providing enough power to the business.
The company was forced to adopt load reduction instructions across its division in order to handle the situation for grid security.
AEDC Blames Insufficient Power Allocation for Unstable Power in FCT
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said insufficient power allocation to the company by generation stations was responsible for the unstable electricity supply in the FCT.
AEDC’s management, in a statement in Abuja said due to the limited energy allocation, the company had to implement load curtailment directives, across its franchise, in order to manage the situation for grid stability.
”We would like to inform that we are aware of the unstable power supply, experienced in recent days, essentially caused by insufficient power
“We understand that this may cause inconveniences to our customers, and we are doing everything we can, to ensure that the impact of the outage is minimised.
”We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time”, the company said.
AEDC assured it’s customers in the areas affected that it would continue to update them on the situation, and provide any necessary information as it becomes available.
AEDC Blames Unstable Electricity on Poor GenCos Supply
The erratic energy supply in the FCT, according to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), is caused by production facilities not providing enough power to the business.
According to the management of AEDC, in a statement released in Abuja, the company was forced to adopt load reduction instructions across its division in order to handle the situation for grid security.
The electricity distribution company released a statement saying, “We would like to inform you that we are aware of the unstable power supply, experienced in recent days, primarily caused by insufficient power.”
“We are making every effort to reduce the effect of the disruption because we recognise that this may cause our customers’ consumers problems.
The electricity distribution company stated, “We value your patience during this trying period.
The business promised that it would keep its clients in the impacted regions informed of the situation and provide any required information as it became accessible.
Eko, Ikeja, Abuja DisCos to Implement Bilateral Power Purchase Deals with GenCos This Year
Three power distribution companies (Discos) including Eko, Ikeja and Abuja Discos will be implementing bilateral power purchase agreements with some Generation Companies (Gencos) of their choice before the end of this year, Managing Director of Eko Disco, Dr Tinuade Sanda, has revealed.
Sanda disclosed this during an exclusive interview with THISDAY in commemoration of her one year in charge of the power distribution company.
She noted that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had singled out the three Discos as the excellent Discos to start the innitiative.
Sanda said when the bilateral power deal between the three Discos and Gencos take effect, Nigerians would be able to witness improvement in power supply towards the end of the year as the Discos will now be dealing directly with Gencos.
She described the implementation of the partial power activation by the market participants last year, which was ‘botched’ as a step in the right direction.
Sanda stated: “Towards the end of the year we should see some improvement. Some part of last year was really bad. This year is looking better and we hope that it continues to improve. So, in my opinion, I feel that that partial activation implementation was a good one, the right step in the right direction.
Experts Foresee Nigeria Breaking Epileptic Power Jinx
Key stakeholders in the electricity industry have predicted an enhanced inclusive growth, economic competitive indexes after President Muhammadu Buhari assented to 16 constitution alteration bills.
The signed bills include devolving more power to state governments, especially granting them autonomy to generate electricity, a move that will break the monopoly of the federal government in power generation, transmission and distribution.
Speaking exclusively with LEADERSHIP, former ministers of power, Professor Barth Nnaji and Dr. Olu Agunloye, said the country would now begin to see huge investment in power generation and the much anticipated competition in the industry.
Nnaji said that states like Lagos, Rivers and Akwa Ibom that had spearheaded the drive for autonomous power structures would substantively create better opportunities and environment that will drive economic growth.
The former minister said states would no longer apply for licences to generate own power and they would now have the latitude to regulate generation, distribution and transmission, adding that they would now have the opportunity to create end-to-end alternative power transmission lines.
A Global Guide to Electric Grid Development Plans
Solar panels, wind farms and rechargeable batteries tend to hog most of the air time in discussions about the global energy transition, but electrical grids deserve equal prominence as the vital link between clean energy production hubs and consumers.
Indeed, without grids that can boost the distribution of green energy to a maximum while keeping fossil-powered output to a minimum, efforts to reach net zero carbon emissions may falter regardless of how many wind and solar farms are built.
Utilities and power system planners are acutely aware of the vital role that grids will play in the energy transition, and are ramping up spending on grid upgrades and expansions alongside the roll out of green energy production capacity.
However, according to the International Energy Agency, the current global spending pace on grid upgrades is roughly half the estimated $600 billion required annually through 2030 if net-zero emissions targets are to be accomplished.
The build out of required grid types is also uneven, with roughly half of current extra-high voltage transmission lines (eHV) – capable of handling bulk power transfers across long distances – concentrated in China, North America and Europe.
Oman’s OETC Preparing Tenders for Phase 2 of Unified Electricity Grid Project
Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), member of Nama Group, announced that it is preparing tenders for the second phase of Rabt project, also referred to as the North-South Interconnection Project, which aims to create a unified electricity grid in the Gulf country.
Rabt 2 involves the construction of three additional grid stations, OETC announced on its official twitter account.
“We are currently in the process of preparing for tenders that will be floated in the coming months. We are excited to move forward with this phase and continue our commitment to expanding and improving the Sultanate’s power network,” the company tweeted.
OETC said Phase 1, which involves the construction of five grid stations: Nahaida GS, Barik GS, Suwaihat GS, Duqm GS, and Mahout GS, along with 400 kV transmission lines connecting the grids, has achieved 93 percent completion rate.
“We expect to finish these projects by the end of the third quarter of this year,” the company said its tweet.
Rabt aims to connect the northern and southern power grids of the Sultanate with a 400 kV Over Head Line (OHL), which is being completed in two phases.
Phase 1 aims to connect the north grid (Main Interconnected System) with the grids of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) in Duqm. Phase 2 will connect Duqm with Dhofar.
Electricity Markets in Matteo Romagnoli Must Liberalize If We Are to Decarbonize Energy
According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2022 , global demand for electricity could rise by 7,000 terawatt hours by 2030. This increase would be equivalent to the current demand in the United States and the European Union combined. To meet this additional demand in a sustainable way, we need to radically change the way we generate and supply electricity: a task that will inevitably require the development of new clean energy technologies. Fortunately, these technologies are already being developed.
Unfortunately, some specificities of the electricity sector hinder the rapid development of clean-energy technology in favor of a more incremental approach to innovation. The electricity market relies on capital-intensive infrastructures, and the significant investment required to build these infrastructures might make some market participants unwilling or unable to switch their core generation paradigm as radically new technologies emerge. In addition, the many technical components of the electricity grid must work together in a complex and integrated system, so any new technological solutions must be able to function in this broader system. These factors, among others, help to explain why radical innovations that significantly disrupt the status quo can have a hard time gaining a foothold in the electricity market.