Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Tuesday September 12th 2023
Nigerians Can Now Report Electricity Cuts Through New App – FG
The Federal Government has unveiled an application that can enable Nigerians to report electricity cuts to distribution companies (DisCos).
Naija News gathered that the new app, which is named the Power Outage Reporting System, enables electricity consumers to lay complaints of power disruption to their respective distribution companies under the supervision of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The commission disclosed that the app, which was tested using the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
FG Launches Power Outage Reporting App
The Federal Government unveiled an application called the Power Outage Reporting System, which enables consumers to report electricity disruptions to distribution companies under monitoring by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, on Monday.
It unveiled the applications at the Abuja headquarters of NERC, using the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company as a test-run DisCo.
The NERC Chairman, Sanusi Garba, said the application would enable the commission to effectively tackle power distributors that fail to address electricity disruptions reported by consumers.
Nigeria Must Accelerate The Adoption of Renewable Energy Sources
Many newspaper articles, songs, and even roadside conversations have documented Nigeria’s checkered history of power outages. Last year, the nation’s national electricity grid collapsed several times. That trend seems to have stopped, per a statement from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). According to the government utility company, the grid had been stable for 400 days.
But then the sector’s main problem, electricity generation, has proven to be a tough case to solve. For decades, Nigeria has struggled with increasing its power generation capacity. Despite being blessed with diverse sources of energy including solar, wind, and gas, many communities go without power for days, weeks, and even years.
Metered Consumers Up by 10.4% as DisCos Generate N263b in 12 Months
The number of metered electricity customers in Nigeria stood at 5.47 million in Q2 2023, indicating a growth of 10.4 per cent from the figure reported in Q2 2022 which was 4.96 million.
On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the growth was only 3.1 per cent from 5.31 million recorded in the preceding quarter.
Recently, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) approved a hike in the price of pre-paid meters, which became effective on September 6, 2023.
The new prices have been criticised by stakeholders on the ground that they could discourage consumers from procuring meters.
Natural Gas is Game-Changer in Nigeria’s Quest for Energy Security
Globally, natural gas has become a game-changer in the energy sector, and Nigeria is no exception. With its clean and reliable benefits, natural gas is fast morphing into a critical component of Nigeria’s quest for energy security. It provides a sustainable and environmentally friendly source of energy and is contributing to the country’s effort to diversify Nigeria’s economy which has been heavily dependent on oil.
The country is expanding gas-based industries for liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export, compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation, and domestic gas distribution networks while developing necessary infrastructure such as pipelines, gas processing plants, and storage facilities among other benefits.
How Power-full Plans Help African SMEs Transition to Solar
Energy costs are some of the most significant for any business. But while many entrepreneurs globally primarily depend on a national grid, Nigerian entrepreneurs often use their national grid as a backup.
Such is the poor state of the country’s electricity sector that the acronym of the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), the now-defunct body responsible for coordinating electricity in the country, was renamed “Never Expect Power Always.”
A 2022 report revealed that over 40% of Nigerian households own and use generators, spending $14 billion annually on petrol and diesel. Businesses are not left out either, with those in the manufacturing sector spending as much as ₦144 billion in 2022 to generate power.