Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Tuesday January 3rd 2023
Power generation crashes by 990MW, Gencos lose N1.8tn
The available generation capacity in Nigeria’s power sector dropped again in 2022, as it crashed from the 6,336.52 megawatts recorded in 2021 to 5,346.82MW last year, latest data on electricity generation trend seen in Abuja on Monday, showed.
It was also observed that the annual capacity payment loss to power generation companies had increased to N1.8tn, as data from the document further showed a decrease in the average utilised power in 2022.
Figures obtained from power generation companies indicated that while the average quantum of electricity utilised in 2021 was 4,118.98MW, it dropped to 3,940.54MW in 2022.
Government To Deploy Six Million Electricity Meters In 2023
Six million electricity meters are to be deployed nationwide in the first and second quarters of 2023, to reduce the number of unmetered electricity consumers in Nigeria, the Federal Government has said.
This was disclosed in a December 2022 document on the review of the performance of the power sector/Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry under the current administration.
In the document, the government said it has successfully executed a metering initiative post privatisation with one million meters rolled out in the first phase of the National Mass Metering Programme.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, said the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission were fundamental in designing and implementing this programme.
Expert advises how to make electricity transformers perform better
A leading transformer repairer in Kaduna, Prince Ade Adeniji, has advised the Nigerian government, electricity distribution companies, and communities that regular maintenance of electricity transformers will make them serve better and longer thereby boosting the local economy.
This became necessary as several communities in Nigeria have suffered while others are suffering electricity blackouts due to faulty transformers and the ‘cold’ attitude of electricity companies to fix them in good time.
2022: Oil theft, mounting electricity debt hobble energy sector efficiency
With the curtains of year 2022 formally drawn at the weekend, Nigeria’s energy sector which generating about 80 per cent of Government’s revenue, got severely battered in the year under review.
The sector characterized by several broken promises, fuel scarcity, inability to commence the full implementation of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIA), leading to an extension for the removal of fuel subsidy, unmet targets for project execution and deliverables indeed left millions of Nigerians at the receiving end.
six million meters for deployment before June – FG
Six million meters are to be deployed nationwide in the first and second quarters of this year to reduce the number of unmetered electricity consumers in Nigeria, the Federal Government has said.
It disclosed in a December 2022 document on the review of the performance of the power sector/Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry under the current administration.
In the document, which was obtained by our correspondent from the Federal Ministry of Power in Abuja on Sunday, the government said it had successfully executed a metering initiative post privatisation with one million meters rolled out in the first phase of the National Mass Metering Programme.
Ikeja Electric, NSCDC partner for stable electricity
Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) as part of her efforts to ensure safety of equipments for stable electricity across its network, has collaborated with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Speaking during a meeting with the Lagos State NSCDC Command, the Head Legal and Regulatory, Ikeja Electric, Babatunde Osadare commended the agency and the Police for their tremendous support in protecting Ikeja Electric’s infrastructure and ensuring that vandals are arrested and prosecuted.
NV Energy working to restore service, says it could take until Tuesday
NV Energy says crews are working around the clock to restore power to northern Nevada customers.
Approximately 20,000 Nevada customers remain without electric service currently.
The severe winter storm caused more than 1,000 total outages on December 31 in the Reno, Tahoe, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville areas.
Over 70,000 customers were without power Sunday into Monday.
Caltech, SpaceX plan launch of space solar power project
Scientists at Caltech are launching a Space Solar Power Demonstrator prototype into orbit Tuesday as part of an ambitious effort to harvest solar power in space and beam that energy back to Earth, university officials in Pasadena said on Monday, Jan. 2.
The prototype is being launched on a rocket from Hawthorne-based SpaceX currently slated for liftoff on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral. It being sent into space represents a major milestone in Caltech’s Space Solar Power Project, which aims to deploy a constellation of spacecraft that collect sunlight, transform it into electricity, then transmit that over long distances wherever it is needed —including to places that currently have no access to reliable power.
January 3rd,4th,5th,6th : Power cut schedule
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved power cuts of 2 hours and 20 minutes this week.
The PUCSL said that the power cuts will be enforced from Tuesday, 3rd of January to Friday, 06th of January 2023.
The power cuts will be enforced for groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, and W during this period.
A power cut of 1 hour will be implemented during the daytime and a power cut of 1 hour and 20 minutes will be enforced at night. (NewsWire)