Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Tuesday August 1st 2023
Nigeria Energy Conference to Address Critical Challenges of Energy Access
Challenges of energy access and renewable energy are expected to take centre stage as Nigeria Energy conference marks its 10th anniversary.
Scheduled to hold from the 19 to 21 September 2023 in Lagos, the event will afford attendees the opportunity to be informed about the latest reforms and regulations, as well as understand how they will impact the energy market and businesses.
The conference will also focus on latest technologies especially how digitalisation is changing the game of the industry.
This year’s anniversary edition will present delegates with the unique opportunity to hear, engage, and network with key industry stakeholders within the sector.
Nigeria’s Average Generation Rises 8.6% to 3,970MW
Nigeria’s average electricity generation rose by 8.6 per cent year-on-year, YoY to 3,970.33 megawatts, MW in July 2023, from 3,655.64MW recorded in the corresponding period of 2022.
But on month-on-month, MoM basis, the nation’s average generation dropped marginally by 0.5 per cent to 3,970.33MW in July 2023, from 3,991.57MW in June 2023, according to data collated by Vanguard from the National Energy System Operator, a semi-autonomous unit of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.
How Reliant is Nigeria’s National Electricity Grid on Fossil Fuel?
Nigeria’s energy environment is indeed at a critical crossroad amid a symphony of progress and prosperity. Despite their abundance, fossil fuels have long held the reins of electricity generation, intertwining the nation’s development with a complicated web of hurdles. Nigeria should be at the crossroads of a global energy change as the globe moves toward greener pastures.
The nation’s geographical patchwork reflects its energy diversity, ranging from the hot Sahelian savannahs to the verdant Niger Delta. The siren calls of fossil fuels, years after years, have tempted politicians with massive quantities of oil, coal, and natural gas. Nigeria’s electrical infrastructure has frequently conformed to coal-fired power plants and gas turbines, cementing its reliance on these traditional sources. However, as the world deals with the imminent threat of climate change, Nigeria must also change gears.
Electricity Workers Accuse NAF of Harassment, Disconnect Power Supply in Osun
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has ordered the disconnection of electricity supply to Osogbo and its environs, saying the affected communities will remain in darkness until government intervenes.
They attributed the disconnection to the alleged brutality of members by the operative of the Nigerian Air Force on Monday, saying that the force must apologize and sign undertaken never to repeat such again.
The southwest Vice President, Comrade Sadiq Adewale, in a statement, demanded that NAF should write to apologize to the affected staff and TCN; sign an undertaken that TCN Staff can safely carry out their routine patrol without fear of molestation, assault, or harassment while on official duty; responsible for the treatment of affected staff; and the Federal Government Hilux Vehicle that was damaged be fixed by the Air force.
Experts Underscore Need for Integrating Solar, Wind Energy in Nigeria
Meeting and rubbing minds at the 84th power dialogue hosted by The Electricity Hub (TEH)
In Abuja at the weekend, the experts, drawn from home and abroad, stressed that Nigeria’s quest for substantial increase in renewable energy is achievable if key stakeholders play their roles appropriately.
The dialogue session was titled ‘The Crossroads: Solar and Wind on the Grid’, and panelists included Erabor Okogun, Head of Energy Infrastructure & Major Projects Advisory, KPMG; Wangari Muchiri, Director of Africa Wind Power, Global Wind Energy Council; Dr. Damola Omole, Director of Global Utility Innovation, GEAPP; while Emeka Okpupkara Jr. of the Nextier Group moderated the parley.
Nigeria’s Reeddi Offers Solar-Powered Solution to Electricity Access
Although Nigeria has vast energy reserves, over 92 million people in the country lack access to electricity, resulting in frequent power cuts that cost the country $28 billion annually. As a result, many Nigerians rely on generators that run on petrol or diesel. However, these generators are noisy, expensive, and contribute to air pollution. Fuel shortages aggravated by the recent presidential election have made it more challenging to run generators.
In response to this energy crisis, entrepreneur Olugbenga Olubanjo founded Reeddi, a company that offers a sustainable alternative. Reeddi rents out portable solar-powered batteries called “Reeddi Capsules” that can power various devices such as TVs, laptops, and refrigerators. These capsules were recognized as finalists for the prestigious Earthshot Prize, endorsed by Prince William.