The management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has responded to the vituperation it drawn from Governor Godwin Obaseki over poor supply. On Thursday, Governor Obaseki lambasted the BEDC for frustrating a power deal he entered with Ossiomo Power and Infrastructure Company Limited to supply electricity to government offices in the state capital. Obaseki accused the BEDC of poor supply of electricity to consumers and its culture of over-billing its clients. And in the statement issued yesterday evening, BEDC replied the Governor that power supply has improved in Edo State since it took over as one of the distribution company from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria. Toya Adekunle, the spokesman said, that company has added a total of 1694 transformers to ensure power supply improvement since the new management took in 2013. BEDC stated the power supply increased from two hours in 2013 to six-10 hours for locations with severe infrastructure limitations and eight hours to 12-15 hours for locations with more improved infrastructure.
Eskom Ditches CSP Project for Battery Storage Development
The company’s spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has stated the South African Power Utility signed a R1.1 billion deal with European Investment Bank of Finance the proposed concentrating solar power(CSP) plant. According to report, Eskom has secured co-financing loans for the battery storage project from the African Development Bank, the Franch development finance institution Agency Francaise de Development, multilateral mitigation fund clean Technology Fund, German and development bank KFW and the World Bank. Eskom disclosed in March its board approved the development of the battery storage with distributed solar photovoltaic sites close to renewable independent power producer plants and Sere wind Farm.
Iraqi Pm Suspends Electricity Minister Amid Unrest over Poor Services
Haider al-Abadi , the Iraq Prime Minister has suspended his electricity minister on Sunday amid continuing protests over poor public services especially power cuts and rampant corruption. In a statement, Mr. Abadi had ordered an internal government investigation into electricity Minister Qassim al-Fahdawi’s role in the deterioration of utility services. On Saturday, Mr. Abadi sacked five local election officials after they were charged with acts corruption during the May 12 Parliamentary election.