Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Wednesday February 1st 2023

Posted by News Room February 1, 2023

Nigeria Election 2023 in Port Harcourt: The Oil Land with no Electricity 

The whirring of four electric sewing machines, snips from two industrial-sized scissors and the sizzle of moist fabric as steam billows from a large pressing iron.

But another sounds jars as the six sweaty men work: the metallic grind of a generator. It is behind a wall to muzzle its noise, but that cannot hide its high pitch or the smoky fumes it exudes.

“I have two of those, just in case one fails,” says Ozu Adah, a lean-muscled man with cropped hair who runs this shop in Choba, a university community in the southern state of Rivers.


Nigeria: Lagos Consumers Protest Ikeja Electric Threat to Withdraw Pre-Paid Meters 

A group of entrepreneurs and customers of Ikeja Electric Plc in Lagos State have sent a Save Our Sour (SOS) to the minister for power of the firm’s threat to withdraw pre-paid metres.

They accused the electricity distribution company of desperate attempts to crush their operations.

Specifically, the consumers accused the officials of the energy supplier, believed to be the largest electricity distribution company in Nigeria, of threatening to “forcefully confiscate their meters under the pretext that the consumers were operating their with what they termed “old meters”.


Transcorp Targets 25% Share in Power Generation 

Transcorp Power, a subsidiary of of Transcorp Nigeria Limited, says its target is ti have 25 percent share of the nations power generating sector.Managing Director and Chief Executive of Transcorp, Dr. Oven Omogiafor, who made the plans public while unveiling a multi-million generating cleaning plant (GT 20, GT17) at Afam Okoloma in Rivers State, said over 230 megawatts of power has been injected into the national grid since acquiring the plant in March 2021.The Transcorp Managaging Director said the vision is to raise power such that it will be the leader in power generation.


DiScos Consumers likely to Get Rs 2.32 Per Unit Relief for Dec 

The consumers of all power distribution companies (DISCOs) are likely to get Rs 2.32 per unit relief in power tariff for December 2022 as the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Tuesday concluded public hearing into monthly fuel adjustment (FCA) for month of December for XWAPDA DISCOs. Chairman NEPRA Tauseef H Farooq presided over the hearing while member Sindh Rafique Ahmed Sheikh, member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Maqsood Anwar Khan and member Balochistan Mathar Niaz Rana were also present. In petition, Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA-G) on behalf of DISCOs has sought Rs 2.20 per unit decrease in power tariff for December 2023 under the monthly fuel cost adjustment mechanism. However, as per initial NEPRA calculation of the statistic, decrease is calculated as Rs 2.32 per unit. The positive FCA for November was charged as 18 paisa per unit. The FCA for December would be Rs 2.50 less as compared to FCA of November. The negative FCA would be applicable to all consumers except lifeline, using upto 300 units, agri consumers, electric vehicles charging stations and K-Electric consumers.


Nigeria Maintains Lead in Africa Generator Imports, But at What Cost? 

Nigeria has many challenges stifling its economic growth, but the endemic epileptic power supply in the country stands out. It is commonplace to see Nigerians without light for days, months, and surprisingly even years. On a graver and grander scale, about 85 million Nigerians (43% of the population) do not have access to grid electricity, according to the World Bank, making it the country with the largest energy access deficit globally.


Amazon Renewable Energy Portfolio Grew by 8.3GW in 2022 

Amazon continued its renewable energy procuring spree in 2022, sealing the company again as the global leader in clean energy procurement.

The company renewable energy portfolio grew by 8.3 GW in 2022 through 133 new projects in 11 countries. The portfolio now totals more than 20GW, enough to generate the energy to power 5.3 million U.S. homes.

The company renewable energy purchases continue to add new wind and solar projects on the grids that power Amazon operations, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres, Amazon fulfilment centres, and physical stores worldwide.


Importance of Safety and Potential Risks in the Renewable Energy Industry 

In recent years, more and more people have shown an interest in using renewable energy sources to generate electricity, including solar, wind, and hydropower. Wind, windmills, and turbines, as well as solar panels, which generate electricity from the sun, are some of the best-known renewable resource types. As the world experiences different levels of climate change and countries embrace the mass adoption of renewable energy technologies, it is imperative not just to look at the benefits accrued with renewable technologies but also consider other intricate issues, such as safety in the renewable energy space.


Apex Clean Energy Signs EAPA with Meta for Texas Solar Project 

Apex Clean Energy has signed an environmental attribute purchase agreement (EAPA) with Meta for the 195 MW Angelo Solar capacity in Tom Green County, Texas, around 200 miles northwest of Austin.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The agreement follows other deals between Virginia-based Apex and Meta: an 80 MW EAPA with Altavista Solar; 200 MW with Aviator Wind East; 175 MW with Lincoln Land Wind; 197 MW with Jayhawk Wind; and 225 MW with Great Pathfinder Wind.


Study Finds 70 GW of Ocean Energy Potential in Europe 

In Great Britain, Ireland, and Portugal, the European EVOLVE project has discovered 70 GW of ocean energy that is realistically practicable, with 60 GW coming from waves and 10 GW from tidal streams.

A total of 34.8 GW of feasible deployment capacity across the three study locations was discovered in Great Britain, 18.8 GW in Ireland, and 15.5 GW in Portugal.

According to the findings of the two-year study, the deployment of 10 GW of ocean energy in Great Britain may save system dispatch costs by $1.81 billion annually and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 1.05 million tonnes.


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