Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Wednesday August 30th 2023
No System Collapse in Over One Year — TCN
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Tuesday said the nation’s power grid has recorded no major disruptions or systems collapse in over 400 days.
It attributed this to advancement in the nation’s efforts at strengthening its power infrastructure and ensuring a reliable and dependable electricity supply to distribution load centres for onward distribution to electricity customers nationwide.
The Company made the disclosure in a statement issued by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mrs.Ndidi Mba.
Adelabu Briefs Tinubu On Way Forward In Power Sector
Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Monday briefed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on how Nigeria can achieve uninterrupted power supply.
The briefing took place during the inaugural Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the President.
In a tweet on Tuesday morning the Minister, Chief Adelabu said he joined other Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the inaugural Federal Executive Council meeting (FEC) on Monday.
Stakeholders Urge Customers to Guide Against Meter Update Fraudsters
Stakeholders have called on customers to be wary of fraudsters who would take advantage of the prepaid meter update claiming to be from electricity distribution companies (DisCos).
This warning comes after the update by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) via its Twitter handle on a prepaid meter user upgrade coming before November 2024.
The commission advised consumers to contact their DisCos for more information on the upgrade.
The Future’s Bright? The Outlook For Renewable Energy In Nigeria
Nigeria recently passed the Electricity Act 2023 (“the Act”), ushering in a new era as renewable energy gained recognition and prominence in the country’s legislation. This deliberate shift toward sustainable power sources has the potential to revolutionize Nigeria’s energy sector, reduce carbon emissions, and pave the way for a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.
Nigeria has produced electricity from hydropower sources for decades, yet the potential of renewables has often been overshadowed by the dependability and availability of non-renewable energy sources. While renewable energy shows a lot of promise, several challenges must be addressed in order for it to be successfully utilised – for example, intermittency, grid integration, infrastructure development, the cost of power, and financing.
Niger govt plans to sell electricity to other states in Nigeria — Commissioner
The Commissioner of Power and Renewable Energy in Niger State, Hon. Yarima Lokogoma, has said the state will sell electric power to other states in the country.
Lokogoma explained that with the establishment of the new ministry, the enactment of the bill on electricity supply, and the refurbishment of the four dams in the state, Niger state would enjoy uninterrupted power supply and be able to sell to other states.
The commissioner stated this on Monday during his first interactive session with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Lucky Barau, in conjunction with some senior staff of the ministry, where he called on the personnel to brace up for the challenges ahead.
Flexible power technologies will make Africa’s energy leapfrogging a reality
There has been much discussion about Africa’s ability to ‘leapfrog’ the way power systems have been built in the western world. For over a century, traditional power systems have been based on centralised power generation, with a limited number of large thermal power plants providing baseload electricity through a massive transmission network. This way to generate power is however coming to an end: the climate emergency is calling for a 180-degrees paradigm shift in which renewables replace thermal power plants as the baseload source of energy.