Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Wednesday April 19th 2023
AEDC Moves to Improve Electricity Supply in Abuja
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has announced that it is evacuating power from Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) 2x60MVA 132/33KV GIS Transmission Station with a view to improving electricity supply in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This move will boost power supply to customers across Abuja such as Gwarinpa, Life Camp, Kubwa, and environs.
In a statement, Chief Marketing Officer of AEDC, Donald Etim, said that after the completion of 33KV feeders and the installation of auto reclosers at the Dawaki 2x60MVA, 132/33KV transmission station, electricity supply in Gwarimpa and other areas will greatly be improved.
Electricity Distribution Company Commissions Three 33KV Feeders
Residents of Nigeria’s ‘capital Territory, FCT Abuja and it’s environs have been assured stable and unprecedented electricity supply following the recent commissioning of three new 33KV feeders.
They also got an installation of auto reclosers at the Dawaki 2x60MVA, 132/33KV Transmission Station, by Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc, AEDC.
The Abuja Electricity has started the evacuation of the initial load from its facility starting on two feeders.
The constructed 33KV feeders will de-load Gwarinpa and Life Camp 33KV feeders from AT2 Katampe, as well as Dawaki and Bwari 33KV feeders from AT4 Kubwa TS.
NERC Promises 4 Million Meters To Electricity Consumers
The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), says it will soon provide four million prepaid meters to electricity consumers in the country.
Aisha Mahmud, NERC Commissioner in charge of Consumers Affairs, disclosed this at the Customers’ Complaints Resolution Meeting Organised on Tuesday in Jos.
Mahmud, who described the shortage of meters in the country as one of the biggest problems currently facing the commission, hinted that the challenge would soon be a thing of the past.
NERC Gives Reasons for Increasing Rate of Electricity Tariffs
The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed the reasons behind the increasing rate of electricity tariffs across the country.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Aisha Mahmud, NERC Commissioner in charge of Consumers Affairs made the disclosure at the Customers’ Complaints Resolution Meeting Organised on Tuesday in Jos.
The tariff hike was first observed on the Tariff Band A Non-MD, which increased from N57.55 per unit it was in December 2022 to N68.2 per unit in January 2023. It has remained so, checks confirm.
Decentralising Nigeria’s Power Sector
Nigeria’s power sector has been struggling for decades with electricity policy enforcement, uncertainty in gas supply, and constraints in its transmission system. All these challenges resulted in frequent and long Power cuts that put a strain on the economy and growth. According to a World Bank report, 85 million Nigerians don’t have access to grid electricity. This represents 43 percent of the country’s population, making Nigeria the country with the largest energy access deficit in the world.
Nigerians Pay N828bn for Electricity in 2022
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that Nigerians including companies, and government agencies paid a total of N828 billion for electricity in 2022.
The amount represents a 8.79 percent increase when compared to N761.1 billion paid in 2021.
NBS disclosed this in its latest electricity report published on its website on Tuesday.
Monthly breakdown from the report showed that the electricity payment in January was N68.28 billion, and in February, it was N68.33 billion.
Nigeria is Absent From List of Countries With Dirtiest Electricity Grids
Nigeria is not listed as one of the countries with the dirtiest electricity grids in the world.
The list, as released by British think tank Ember in its 2023 Global Electricity Review, contains countries that have dirty electricity grids due to high carbon emissions from their electricity sector.
According to the review, the global electric power sector is the biggest carbon emitter of all sectors, responsible for about 40% of total global energy-related carbon emissions. A part of the Review stated: