Power Sector News and Other Related News Stories For Wednesday September 14th 2022
EKEDC Inaugurates 72hrs Metering for Lagos Customers
The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has Monday inaugurated 72 hours metering for customers in Agbara and Badagry areas of Lagos, assuring residents of adequate metering.
Addressing customers in Agbara before inaugurating the scheme, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, Dr Tinuade Sanda, explained that customers would be metered 72 hours after payment.
Sanda, who was represented by Mr. Gbadebo Akinyode, the company’s Head of Metering Services, said the MAP scheme, which initially took 10 days, had been reduced to 72 hours after payment.
“We have brought mobile MAP scheme to your doorsteps; we have brought all activities as regards metering from the Marina Head Office of Eko Disco to Agbara so that we can achieve 72 hours metering as promised.
“For FESTAC and Ajah business units that we have done the scheme, we used only one meter provider but due to the number of unmetered customers here, we have brought two meter providers.
“If there is a need for us to add to the providers as a result of unmetered populace, we will add one more provider to make it three. The process is seamless, everything is online, once you apply, the next thing is to make the payment,” she said.
Group Wants Electricity Protection Policy for Msmes
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group has called for electricity protection policy for the subsector.
Coordinator of the group, Mr Princewill Okorie, made the call recently in an interview with The Tide’s source in Abuja.
Okorie, who is also the National President, Association for Public Policy Analysis, said the group had developed a document on the policy and submitted it to Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Federal Ministry of Power and other agencies of government.
According to him, the group is expecting these agencies to set up a committee to look into the document and come up with suggestions.
“What prompted us to put the document in place is that MSMEs are contributing to social development of the country. The survey we carried out shows most of these people are not making enough profit.
“We found out that they are not making enough profit due to the high cost of diesel and fuel as well as estimated billing.
Okorie also said corrupt practices in the electricity sector was affecting MSMEs, adding that unfortunately they do not even know the provision meant for their protection in the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR), 2005.
N500m Debt: Kano Airport Quarters Gets FAAN’s Five-Day Timeline
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has given the residential quarters of air traffic controllers attached to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, a five-day ultimatum to pay the N500 million debt, which necessitated the disconnection of power supply to the quarters.
The agency said it has, however, restored electricity supply to the residential quarters. Spokesperson of FAAN, Mrs Voke Faithful-Ibvaze stated this in a telephone interview.
She said the power restoration option was part of steps taken to resolve the accumulated electricity bill owed by staff of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
Faithful-Ibvaze said the agency had been given a one -week window to activate a payment plan, or the airport authority would withdraw power supply to the quarters housing air traffic controllers.
She clarified that the power supply on Sunday did not affect navigational equipment and offices of NAMA, so as not to disrupt flight operations.
US, Nigeria Agree on Gas Deployment in Push for Renewable Energy Sources
The United States Special Envoy on Climate and member of the country’s security council, Mr John Kerry, yesterday assured Nigeria of the country’s technical assistance in its attempt to decarbonise its energy sources.
Speaking when he visited the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, in Abuja, Kerry, a former Secretary of State in the US, said the two countries agreed to work closely in the deployment of gas as a transition effort as part of the move towards clean and renewable energy.
Also, the United States yesterday said it would commit $200 million to help Nigeria and other countries transit faster to clean energy sources. The US Special Presidential envoy for climate made this known in Abuja, during a separate courtesy visit to the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi.
Furthermore, while briefing the press on the outcome of the meeting with Sylva, Kerry, a former US lawmaker, noted that the country was interested in Nigeria’s methane abatement and decarbonisation programme, promising that the initiative would be supported by his country’s Department of State, Energy.
Kerry stated that it would be completely irresponsible for the United States not to acknowledge the reality of the climate change challenge, stressing that 80 per cent of all the emissions in the world come from just 20 countries.
US to Nigeria: You’re Emitting Too Many Toxic Gases, Damaging Atmosphere
With the global energy transition anthem reaching a crescendo, the United States has told Nigeria to cut back on dirty fuel consumption, warning that the country would suffer the most on the continent if nothing was done to stem the tide.
The US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, gave the advice in Abuja while being hosted by the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, to deepen the energy transition conversation, since it has a direct impact on climate change.
According to him, the country remains one of the leading polluters of the atmosphere on the continent and would suffer the most.
“Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa that would suffer the most from the consequences of the climate crisis,” he stated.
“So, I’m here not to say to Nigeria, you are emitting too much. I’m here to say that what you decide to do in the future going forward will have a profound impact on the choices of all countries in Africa. And it will have a profound impact on our ability, all of us together to solve this problem.
Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for Electricity Subsidy
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced a number – 7011311111 – that can be used to apply to continue availing power subsidy in Delhi. At present, those whose power consumption is less than 200 units do not have to pay any electricity charges. Those whose consumption is up to 400 units get a 50% subsidy, up to Rs 800.
The Delhi government has now made it mandatory for people to opt in for the subsidy to continue getting the benefits. Kejriwal also said that those who wished to avail this subsidy must apply before September 30.
“You will get subsidy based on which month you are applying for subsidy…If you apply in September, you will get subsidy from October. Similarly, if you opt in October, you will get subsidy in November….This scheme is valid for one year and it will get renewed every year…All people will get a form along with their electricity bill in their September cycle which one will have to fill if they want to continue to avail the subsidy on electricity,” Kejriwal said.
EU Chief Proposes Electricity Market Reform, Revenue Cap
A top European Union official unveiled Wednesday a plan to cap the revenues of electricity producing companies that are making extraordinary profits due to the war in Ukraine and climate change, saying the proposal could raise $140 billion to help people hit by spiraling energy prices.
“These companies are making revenues they never accounted for, they never even dreamt of,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France.
“In our social market economy, profits are OK, they are good. But in these times it is wrong to receive extraordinary record revenues and profits benefitting from war and on the back of consumers. In these times, profits must be shared and channeled to those who need it the most,” she said.
“Our proposal will raise more than 140 billion euros ($140 billion) for member states to cushion the blow directly,” von der Leyen said in a “State of the European Union” address to the EU assembly.