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Power: NERC advises AEDC, others to improve on customer service experience

NERC has advised AEDC and other DisCos to deploy more modern technologies and equipment.

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The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Professor James Momoh, has advised Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and others to deploy more modern technologies and equipment that would enhance their customers’ experience.

Prof. Momoh gave this advice while undertaking a facility tour of AEDC. He also challenged the key stakeholders in the power sector to put an end to the recurring blame game between the transmission company and the DISCOs, as it is not in the best interest of the consumers.

Responding to the speech made by the CEO of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, the NERC Boss said,

I have seen everything. First, what I want to say is sustainability; that what he has started must be sustained. We cannot afford to solve old problems with old technologies and expect change or new problems with old technologies and expect change.

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“The growing sector called NESI in Nigeria, is becoming a new challenge. And unless we think out of the box, we cannot handle it. And I believe what I have heard this afternoon is daily efforts by AEDC to address the new challenge, whether it is in a short term, medium term or in a long term, using out of the box critical thinking.

“And there are many other DISCOs in the country doing just what it is doing, but today is AEDC’s day and I must concentrate on AEDC. For AEDC, you have shown that our power sector will very soon compete with world class Distribution Companies anywhere. If you doubt it, just look back to what we heard. You are not asking me whether I can recall everything that I heard, but I could try. But I will not keep you busy for nothing but I will surprise you because I know what he has said.”

He went further to posit that, “The challenge of the industry if you ask is both the technical and commercial. If you get the technical right, you concentrate on the commercial; if you get commercial right, you get technical right. So, when you get all of them right, you are an efficient reliable company. And that is the picture he has painted.

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“MD, what you have said to us, we only wanted to study our project on interfaces, but we remind you on what else is going on. What else is going on? my colleague has right to know. But I am using this thing to push power through the interface with the TCN and DISCOs. Because for year, there was this blame game. This blame game is my fault, it is your fault; switch your feeder, I switch my feeder; take your transformers, I will take care of my transformer; your relay is not working. This is indirect infighting in the sector. And everybody was casting blames.”

What you should know

  • The challenges currently faced by AEDC include ATC&C loss, reconfiguration of the network and revenue collections, especially from the unmetered customers.
  • The ongoing National Mass Metering Programme is expected to usher in a better consumer service experience, as consumers are billed for what they have actually utilized.
  • Regularly, the NERC boss and his team visit the DISCOs to assess their performance, as well as find out whatever challenges they might be grappling with.
  • Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is an independent regulatory body primarily instituted to regulate the tariff of Power Generating companies owned or controlled by the government, as well any other generating company which has a license for power generation and transmission of energy, and distribution of electricity in Nigeria.

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Transmission company of Nigeria gives reason for nationwide blackout

Following the current nationwide blackout, TCN has stated that it has started the process of restoration to the national grid.

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has on Sunday announced that the current power blackout in the country was due to multiple trippings.

According to a report by Vanguard, General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, who made the announcement through a statement said the company had started the process of restoration to the national grid.

Mbah pointed out that the places that power is yet to be restored were Calabar, Makurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, Ugwuaji and Maiduguri axis.

She stated, “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) regrets to inform electricity consumers nationwide that at 11:25 am today, the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple trippings, which led to the collapse of the system.’’

“TCN has since commenced grid restoration; power has been successfully restored to every part of the country, except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Markurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, and Maiduguri axes. The effort is however ongoing to ensure full restoration nationwide.”

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“We regret the inconvenience this has caused electricity consumers. Investigations would be conducted to establish the immediate and remote cause(s) of the multiple trippings as soon as the grid is fully restored, considering that the grid had been relatively stable in the last couple of months.”

What  you should know

At around 11:25 pm on Sunday, November 29, electricity supply to most parts of the country was disrupted as the national electricity grid experienced multiple trippings.

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FG to start the installation of 5 million solar power across the country next week

FG will next week commence the process of installation of 5 million solar-home systems in under-served and off-grid communities across the country.

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The Federal Government has announced that it will commence the process of the installation of 5 million solar-home systems in under-served and off-grid communities across the country from next week.

This move is in continuation of coordinated implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) which is being coordinated by a committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, across the country.

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This disclosure is contained in a series of tweet posts by the Presidency on Sunday, November 28, 2020, through their official Twitter handle.

It stated that the programme will include the assembly and manufacturing of components of off-grid solutions to facilitate the growth of the local manufacturing industry, while there will be incentives for use of local content. The first set of installation will be done nationwide in December 2020.

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The tweet post from the Presidency stated, ‘’In continuation of a coordinated implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) across the country, the Buhari administration will next week commence the process of installation of 5 million solar-home systems in under-served and off-grid communities across the country.’’

According to the statement, the Central Bank of Nigeria will make available funds to the private companies in the solar power sector involved in the manufacture, assembling installation, servicing of the solar systems, at rates ranging between 5 to 10%.

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It also states that apart from providing access to affordable energy, the objective of the plan is to improve social, economic and environmental welfare of 25 million Nigerians while generating jobs, increasing revenues and import substitution.

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The NESP, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council on June 24, 2020 and developed by the Economic Sustainability Committee, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, is to develop a plan that responds robustly and appropriately to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic amongst other terms of reference.

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A major part of the plan is the installation of solar home systems that targets 5 million households, serving about 25 million individual Nigerians who are currently not connected to the National Grid. The solar manufacturers will be required to set up production facilities in Nigeria and provide the materials required.

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AutoGas: President Buhari to launch scheme on December 1

President Buhari will launch a National AutoGas Scheme on the 1st of December.

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President Muhammadu Buhari will launch a National AutoGas Scheme on the 1st of December, as Nigeria makes alternative moves to maximize its rich natural gas reserves as a means of fuel consumption.

This was disclosed by Dr Mohammed Ibrahim,  Chairman, National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), in a statement after a meeting with stakeholders on Saturday in Lagos.

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Dr. Ibrahim told stakeholders on Saturday that the autogas scheme and deepening domestic utilisation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) would create about 12.5 million direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.

He also added that the Presidential fleet has already converted some of it fuel engines to run on  Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), adding that the adoption of AutoGas was necessitated by the deregulation of petrol by the government, which had led to increment in the pump prices in recent times.

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”We need about 500, 000 conversion engineers in the next 90 days to ensure that the retrofitting of the vehicles go as planned.

“Fifty conversion centres are currently upgrading for mass conversion and trainings and over 30,000 vehicles are already running on dual fuels in Nigeria.”

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“The 90 days training is being undertaken by the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board and the Petroleum Trust and Development Fund.

” These entrepreneurs will get their own foundries for manufacturing and will thereafter train others as time goes on,” he said.

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Nairametrics reported in September that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva revealed that Nigerians can now convert cars using petrol to gas, which is cheaper, with effect from October 2020.

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The Department of Petroleum Resources also ordered 9,000 filling stations nationwide to begin the installation of facilities for gas products.

In October, the Federal Government estimated that the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will cost N97 per litre, as it had promised to provide alternatives to the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, for poor Nigerians.

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