12 December, 2017
MD/CEO Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has disclosed that its study on Nigerian mini grid electricity development potential revealed an annual investment opportunities of 9.2 billion dollars, saying that there were enormous opportunities than challenges in the provision of electricity through mini grid and solar house system in the country.
Making a presentation on the “Overview of the Off-Grid Opportunities and Challenges in Nigeria“, at the Mini Grid Action Learning Event in Abuja on Tuesday, Managing Director, REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi revealed that the Federal Government had created an enabling environment for mini grid operators by the provision of a mini grid regulation, and that through government, REA had also made provision for rural electrification fund, calling on all investors and developers to key into the fund.
She further revealed that the support from World Bank is expected to bring in 350 million dollars which would be dedicated to the development of mini grid electricity in Nigeria and that it was also envisaged that the fund would help provide electricity for 200,000 Nigerian household and assist 50,000 entrepreneurs in the sector.
The event was organised by REA in collaboration with the World Bank Group, Department for International Development (DEFID), Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) with the theme “Up scaling Mini Grids For Low-Cost and Timely Access to Electricity“, was convoked to initiate programmes to accelerate uptake of mini grids for low cost access to electricity in Africa
12 December, 2017
Consequent upon the incessant complaints over electricity theft received from the distribution companies (DisCos), and as part of efforts to curtail energy theft the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) it has approved reconnection costs and administrative charges to be paid to concerned DisCo by those involved such in such act before they are reconnected to supply.
In statement issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja on Thursday, signed by its Vic Chairman, Engr Sanusi Garba, the Commission has approved reconnection costs and administrative charges ranging from N50, 000 to N100, 000 depending on their consumer status, to be paid to concerned DisCo by those involved, before they are reconnected to supply.
Upon due consideration and the need to reduce unauthorized access to electricity supply by tampering and meter bypass, the Commission pursuant to the powers conferred by EPSRA and Regulation 12 (1) of CDPES hereby approves the following conditions for reconnecting unauthorized connections. Any customer that gains unauthorized access to electricity by tampering or meter bypass shall be reconnected upon payment of the reconnection costs in the scheduled which states that Single Phase residential/Commercial customers to be reconnected for the first time are to pay a reconnection cost of N50, 000, while those to be reconnected not for the first time stand to pay N75, 000, the statement revealed
12 December, 2017
REA Injection Substation
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has unveiled its Rural Electrification Fund (REF), a scheme to provide funding for rural power projects done by private investors to ensure 60 per cent of Nigerians are connected to electricity by year 2020. The Agency announced its readiness to use the Rural Electrification Fund in providing 75 per cent of selected rural power project stating that the move was to further accelerate the target of attaining 30,000 megawatt of power generation.
The Managing Director, REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, who stated this at a REA-REF Stateholders’ engagement Workshop in Abuja, also said that the fund would create an enabling environment for private sector participation in providing more access to electricity for rural dwellers. She further stated that REA had prioritized access to energy so as to boast economic activities in major markets in Nigeria, adding that part of the off-grid electrification efforts would start at the Ariaria Market in Abia, Sabon Gari in Kano and Shomolu in Lagos.
The Workshop was aimed at enlightening stakeholders on the Off-Grid Electrification Strategy, the REA Energy Database for Potential Mini Grid and Solar Home System Investors, Scope of the Rural Electrification Fund, its Eligibility Requirements, Selection Process for Funding Allocation, and Operational guidelines 2017 among others
12 December, 2017
NAPTIN staff in a group photograph with NBTE delegates and some Power Utilities officials who participated in the workshop, in Abuja
The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) have kick started the process of accreditation of the Institute’s courses based on the National Skills Qualification (NSQ) levels. At a 2-Day workshop jointly organized by NAPTIN and NBTE, five key areas that have to do with the National Occupational Standards (NOC) aimed at impacting on the power industry were focused on.These are:Power System Electrical Maintenance, Power System Protection, Power System Operation, Turbine/Mechanical Auxiliaries Maintenance, and Electrical Installation (Domestic and Industrial).
These key areas, with already developed NOS were validated by the Power Industry Stakeholders to enable them become operational and eventually provide proper National Skills Qualification Training Assessment and Certification.
3 December, 2017
Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Yemi Osinbajo SAN and World Bank Country Director, Nigeria, Rachid Benmessaoud, during a meeting with Senior World Bank Executives on Nigeria Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) in the Office of the Vice President, State House Abuja, Mon. 27th November 2017.
The Buhari Administration has now devised a clear pathway to achieving its power sector reform objectives, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Vice President stated this today at the State House in Abuja when he met with a delegation of officials from the World Bank (WB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) led by the Senior Director of the Bank’s Global Energy Practice, Riccardo Puliti.
Speaking to the delegation at the meeting which had in attendance the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, and the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, the Vice President assured that “we are completely committed to ensuring that we play our part in the arrangement and we think that this is possibly one of the clearest pathways in a long time”
He lauded the partnership between the Federal Government and the World Bank team for the commitment and support shown to the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Programme. Osinbajo noted that the partnership with the World Bank has “helped us a great deal with the timelines and milestones that have to be achieved and also a great deal in refining our own approach to the entire reform process”.
In his remarks, Riccardo Puliti expressed satisfaction with Federal Government’s cooperation and commitment to the reform of the power sector. He noted that the partnership between the World Bank and the Federal Government is a model which would add great value to the power sector in Nigeria. Puliti equally praised the Buhari Presidency for the remarkable feat achieved in the ease of business ranking released recently by the World Bank, noting that it is a major milestone for the country’s economic reform programme.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN told journalists after the meeting, that the delegation was in the State House to brief the Vice President on the progress made by the Federal Government working with the World Bank on the Power Sector Recovery Programme. He assured that the reform programme is intended to solve various problems confronting the sector and would make the sector effective, as well as make it responsive to consumers and customers who will be ultimate beneficiaries of the on-going reform programme
3 December, 2017
L-R, MD/CEO, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc, (AEDC), Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, Rep. of the Director, Electric Power Department of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Amina Tafida, MD/CEO, Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Engr. Peter Ewesor, Director, Distribution, Federal Ministry of Power,Works and Housing, Engr. Briskilla Sapke and Commissioner, Electrical Performance and Monitoring of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. Frank Okafor, during the Official Commissioning of newly acquired technical equipment by AEDC, in Abuja.
The Management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 commissioned a newly acquired technical power equipment worth over N200 million, in line with its bid to increase the quality of its services in its franchise area, including underground cable fault detectors and network monitoring cameras which would be used to identify potential hot spots where faults are likely to occur.
The Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya during the commissioning in Abuja, said the launch of the equipment was part of the re-engineering process to improve services to electricity customers, stressing this will boost the morale of the company’s technical staff who are well motivated to clear all faults and restore supply to customers.
3 December, 2017
An injection Substation
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, (PHED), has restored power supply to Woji Estate, Nvigwe and Alcon Road in Obio Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State after several weeks of lack of electricity supply in the areas.
It was gathered that the area has been without power supply for weeks as a result of a faulty Woji 33/11kv injection substation. The distribution company was able to restore power to the affected areas after concerted efforts by the technical crew of the firm.
Confirming this, the Manager Corporate Communication PHED, John Onyi said restoration of supply was a cheerful news and commended all the residents of the affected feeder for their patience and understanding while the work lasted. The restoration of the electricity to the affected area would improve the socio- economic activities to the area
3 December, 2017
The Minister of State II, Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to fulfill its promise to Nigerians in the provision of critical infrastructure including improved roads, delivery of affordable houses and enhanced access to electricity. He said access to electricity supply particularly to the rural communities will no doubt enhance rapid development to those areas, bring about economic empowerment and mitigate against urban drift.
The Minister who stated this at the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) Stakeholders’ Workshop in Abuja, disclosed that the fund was set by the government to promote, support and provide rural electrification through public and private sector participation. He said “this will ensure more equitable regional access to electricity while utilizing the economic, social and environmental benefits of rural electrification subsidies, promote expansion of the grid and development of the off-grid electrification and stimulate innovative approach to rural electrification’’. He added that ‘’in no distant time, REF should provide grants to support public/ private partnerships aimed at installing hybrid mini- grids and stand- alone Solar Home Systems across the country”.
He enjoined participants to take advantage of the available window through the workshop in making the set target of mini- grid and Solar Home Systems of the Federal Government 75% and 90% electricity access in 2020 and 2030 respectively.
Chairman, House Committee on Power, Hon. Daniel Asuquo, said the National Assembly will continue to encourage appropriation to support the Rural Electrification Programme initiative of the Federal Government, noting that it will add to the economic development of the nation and revolutionize the power sector. He called for a review of the procurement Act to enable more investors’ participation and for greater opportunities to the benefit of the Nigerian people.
Also speaking at the workshop, international partners and project coordinator of the GIZ/ Nigerian Energy Support Programme, Inna Hommers, commended the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing for assiduously working towards streamlining the activities of the electricity agency to make it more functional, noting that with the private sector coming on board, it will deliver more on its goals. She assured that the Nigerian Energy Support Programme remains strong partners of the rural electrification initiative. She commended some States that have already keyed into the initiative and appealed for more states to join in order to speed up the actualisation of the programme across the nation.
Resource speakers at the workshop spoke on the off-grid electrification strategy, REF operational guidelines, eligibility criteria as well as the mini-grid regulation to guide investors in the programme, stressing the need for compliance on the various rules in their operations.
30 November, 2017
Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has been granted approval to roll out a new regulation targeted at enabling operators in different sectors to play active roles.
The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, disclosed this at the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry Economic Summit, in Lagos. The event was part of the French Week 2017, titled “The Nigeria Power Challenge and the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria”. According to him, “Before the end of November, we expect to see a new regulation that will be issued by NERC, to allow businesses and entrepreneurs other than DisCos, Generating Companies, GenCos to now play in meter business.
This will open the opportunity for qualified, interested and competent entrepreneurs to operate as meter service providers or meter franchise owners, who can buy bulk power from the DisCos and sell
30 November, 2017
Permanent Secretary, Power, Louis Edozien (4th left), with other participants at the National Workshop on Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project, Abuja
Due to the strategic importance of energy in achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction in the ECOWAS and Sahel region, the World Bank and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE), have designed a regional renewable energy project, the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP), aimed at increasing access to sustainable electricity supply, most especially in the rural areas of member states.
This was made known at a One- Day Workshop organized by ECOWAS and the World Bank, supported by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in Abuja, with the theme: “Promoting Private Investment Standalone Solar Systems in West Africa and the Sahel”.
The Permanent Secretary, Power, Louis Edozien, who represented the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, at the event disclosed that stakeholders in the Power Sector should move from policy formulation and focus more on policy implementation in the electricity value chain, emphasizing, that this would improve the living standards of rural dwellers in the ECOWAS sub region. He said we want to move from ‘’talking to acting, and to achieve that, we need to tackle manpower issues, funding gaps and materials’’.
The Minister said the Regional off -Grid Electrification Projects (ROGEP) was designed by ECOWAS and World Bank to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the ECOWAS region for household, commercial enterprises and public facilities.
The main objectives of the workshop was to create awareness and improve information on ROGEP and the national stakeholders, to share experience where we are on electricity, especially solar power system, identify challenges and proffer solutions in the electricity industry in the ECOWAS Region, among others.