Power Sector News And Other Related Stories For Wednesday 20th July 2022

Posted by News Room July 20, 2022

Discos Using Estimated Billing for 57% Electricity Consumers: NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says 57.07 per cent of electricity consumers in the country were on estimated billing as of September 2021.

NERC disclosed this in its Third Quarter Report 2021 obtained on Tuesday from its website.

The document showed that only Ikeja, Benin, Enugu and Port Harcourt electricity distribution companies had metered over 50 per cent of their customers as of the period.

The huge metering gap for end-use customers, according to NERC, remains a key challenge in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

It added that 288,431 meters were installed in 2021/Q3 as compared to the 315,717 meters installed in 2021/Q2.

https://gazettengr.com/discos-using-estimated-billing-for-57-electricity-consumers-nerc/

 

TCN Alerts on Another Drop in Power Supply

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says power supply will drop by 50 megawatts.

The Tide’s source quoted the company of explaining in a statement that the drop would be as a result of planned annual “preventive maintenance” on the line bay at Lekki Transmission Substation in Lagos.

During the maintenance period, the statement aid, about 50MW will be interrupted, affecting power supply to Lekki phase 1, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon and Twenty-first Century Estate in Lagos State.

“TCN regrets all inconvenience this might cause electricity consumers in the affected area,” the statement said.

The announcement came on the heels of a promise by the Nigerian electricity Regulatory Commission to deliver at least 5000MW of electricity to Nigerians starting from July 1.

The source stated that peak generation as of 3:24 PM on Monday was put at 3, 967MW, while the lowest generation was 3, 539MW, according to statistics from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (NESO).

https://www.thetidenewsonline.com/2022/07/20/tcn-alerts-on-another-drop-in-power-supply/

 

8.6m MWH Electricity Generated in Q3 Of 2021- NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that a total of 8.693 million Megawatts-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated in the third quarter of 2021.

NERC made this known in its Third Quarter Report 2021 obtained on Tuesday by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos from its website.

The regulatory agency said: ” the total quarterly generation in 2021/Q3 was 8.6million MWh.

“This is a decrease of 211,903.73MWh (-2.38 per cent) compared to the total generation of 8,905,673.76MWh in 2021/Q2.”

According to NERC, the total generation of Shiroro plant increased appreciably by 113,216MWh (+107.58 per cent) during the period under review.

The commission, however, said those of Egbin, Okpai and Geregu gas plant declined by 149,379.43MWh (-28.15 per cent), 146,275MWh (52.54 per cent) and 93,808.82MWh (-38.06 per cent) respectively compared to 2021/Q2.

https://guardian.ng/news/8-6m-mwh-electricity-generated-in-q3-of-2021-nerc/

 

WUSE MARKET MINIGRID – an African Power & Energy Elites off-grid project

This successful pilot project was undertaken with the aim of guaranteeing 24 hours of power supply to a large trading market. The long-term contract period of 20 years agreed by the stakeholders allows the developer and disco to maintain commercial viability.

The Wuse Market solar power minigrid project is part of Green Village Electricity’s Distributed Renewable Energy commercialisation initiative to provide clean and reliable electricity to underserved economic clusters like markets and plazas across Nigeria.

This project marks the first time an independent renewable energy company and a conventional distribution utility Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) collaborate in Nigeria to offer reliable and affordable energy to their end customers. The aim is to connect 5,000 market traders’ stalls to solar power and displace over 3,000 gensets.

The benefits for the end user are extended market trading hours while significantly increasing traders’ productivity, income and profitability, and resulting in alternative power cost reductions. Further, through this initiative, AEDC will meet their reliable energy delivery goals.

https://www.esi-africa.com/industry-sectors/future-energy/wuse-market-minigrid-an-african-power-energy-elites-off-grid-project/

 

57 % Electricity Consumers on Estimated Billing, Says NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says 57.07 per cent of electricity consumers in the country were still on estimated billing as of September 2021.

NERC made this known in its Third Quarter Report 2021 obtained on Tuesday by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos from its website.

The document showed that only Ikeja, Benin, Enugu and Port Harcourt electricity Distribution Companies had metered over 50 per cent of their customers as of the period.

The huge metering gap for end-use customers, according to NERC, remains a key challenge in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

It added that a total of 288,431 meters were installed in 2021/Q3 as compared to the 315,717 meters installed in

2021/Q2.

https://guardian.ng/news/57-electricity-consumers-on-estimated-billing-says-nerc/

 

Jigawa Electricity Consumers Protest Estimated Billing

Residents of Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State, yesterday, protested against what they described as an arbitrary increase in estimated billing by officials of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).

The residents in their numbers besieged KEDCO District Office in Dutse, to demonstrate against estimated billing at a time when many are struggling for survival.

The demonstration was the second time, they are asking the authority to supply them with prepaid meters.

According to residents, they began to experience severe power shortages from the beginning of 2022, which caused them to live in darkness for a couple of months.

The protesters accused officials of KEDCO of being inhumane in charging customers outrageously without justification, even when there was a nationwide power interruption.

Chairman of the joint communities, Alhaji Abdullahi Hamza Usman, who spoke to newsmen after meeting with KEDCO’s Regional manager in his office, rejected the outrageous charges in Dutse.

https://guardian.ng/news/jigawa-electricity-consumers-protest-estimated-billing/

 

Electricity Update: Nigeria’s Power Generation Maintains Stability at 90.94gwh

Nigeria generated a total of 90.94GWh of energy on Monday, 18th July 2022, declining marginally by 0.08% compared to 91.01GWh recorded in the previous day. This is according to information from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

In the same vein, power supply decreased by 0.08% to 89.68GWh on Monday, from 89.75GWh sent out on Sunday. This implies that 98.62% of the total power generated was sent out to Distribution Companies.

Nigeria’s electricity generation and supply is still crippling below the minimum 105,000MWh of electricity required to record stable power supply in the country.

Energy generation peaked at 3,917.5MW on Monday, while off-peak generation was stated at 3,430.6MW. The highest frequency recorded during the day was 50.55Hz while the lowest was 49.98Hz.

https://nairametrics.com/2022/07/19/electricity-update-nigerias-power-generation-falls-massively-to-68856mwh/

 

Leverage Gas to Power Operations, NGA Tells FG

President of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Ed Ubong has asked the Federal Government to turn to gas to power daily operations.

Expressing optimism about the growing adoption of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as an alternative source of energy nationally, he said there is progress in deepening gas adoption.

Ubong made this observation during a panel session themed: “Harnessing Opportunities in the Nigerian Gas Sector” at the Nigerian Oil & Gas Conference in Abuja.

He acknowledged that despite the gas scarcity that the country is currently experiencing, progress is being made, adding that by working on the decade of gas’ holistic action plan involving all the critical stakeholders in the country, the narrative will change, and the investment made by all will yield dividends.

https://guardian.ng/energy/leverage-gas-to-power-operations-nga-tells-fg/

 

Alternative Energy: Why Nigerians Need Digital Power Solutions  –  Chioma Ekeh

Chief Executive Officer, CEO, TD Africa, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh has said Nigerians need digital power solutions to drive down energy cost which has not only clipped people’s comfort but also bogged down economic developments.

Ekeh made the statement as her company unveiled partnership deal with global provider of Information and Communications Technology, ICT, infrastructure and smart devices, Huawei Technologies, in Lagos, weekend.

TD Africa is Sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost distributor of technology, services and lifestyle products.

The partnership also saw to the launch of a suite of revolutionary digital power solutions in Nigeria.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/07/alternative-energy-why-nigerians-need-digital-power-solutions-chioma-ekeh/

 

South Africa to Commission Mega Solar Park

The South African government are in talks to commission a concentrated solar power project. The project was launched under Bid Window 3.5 of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement program.

The plant will produce an estimated 480,000MW of electricity yearly, bringing much-needed supply to South Africa’s struggling grid network. ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia-based power generation company, developed the project. It is situated near the town of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape province.

With more than 30 years of operational life and 12 hours of full-load energy storage, the project is expected to supply over 200,000 households with clean, reliable electricity. The CSP project’s total investment was R11.6 billion, representing the country’s most significant renewable energy investment to date.

https://theelectricityhub.com/south-africa-to-commission-mega-solar-park/

 

AfDB to Provide US$66m For Electricity Access In Guinea

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is set to improve electricity access in Guinea. The bank will provide USD 66.39 million in funding for the electrification of six communities.

According to a report by Afrik Africa, of the US$66.39 million in funding to Guinea, US$13.54 million is being provided by the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional lending arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. The bulk of the funding, $52.85 million, is being provided by the African Transition Facility, an autonomous entity within the AfDB Group dedicated to supporting fragile and conflict-affected states.

Guinea is undergoing a transition following the military putsch that overthrew former president Alpha Conde on 5 September 2021. The transitional body, the National Rallying Committee for Development (CNRD), headed by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, is continuing to implement the Guinea Electricity Access Improvement Project (PAAEG), for which the AfDB Board of Directors has just approved financing.

https://theelectricityhub.com/afdb-to-provide-us66m-for-electricity-access-in-guinea/

 

RIFE, Philippines Sign $2b Deal for Clean Energy Initiative

The Philippines, in collaboration with leading global multinational corporations, have signed a letter of intent for a Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI). The multinationals included RIFE International, Akamai, Amazon, Apple, Ikea, Iron Mountain, Lady Lawyer Foundation, Lululemon, Meta, Ralph Lauren, REI, and WeWork.

CEDI, led by the Bureau of Energy Resources at the US Department of State in collaboration with the Clean Energy Buyers Alliance and other stakeholders, assists countries and businesses in working together to advance shared clean energy goals. The initiative aims to stimulate private-sector investment by leveraging corporate clean energy commitments and government policies that enable corporate procurement of renewable energy in leading countries such as the Philippines. Private sector demand for renewable energy has the potential to unlock over $2 Billion in private sector investment in power infrastructure in the Philippines.

https://theelectricityhub.com/rife-philippines-sign-2b-deal-for-clean-energy-initiative/

 

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