Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and Housing affirmed that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has enough regulatory options to revoke the license of any of the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) that fails to meet up with the federal government’s recent order to improve on their services or exit the market. In the statement he made, explained that any of the options the NERC chose to use to get the Discos to be responsive were within its statutory powers and conditions of the agreements the Discos signed with the government during the 2013 power sector privatization. However, he noted that the revocation of licenses of the Discos should be the last resort for the regulator in this case, adding that with these options, the NERC could not be helpless in its enforcement of the Discos’ obligations to the market.
LG Chairman Promise Security for PHED Facility
The Local Government Chairman accompanied by their community leaders paid a scheduled visit to the management of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), and have assured the company of security around its electrical installations . The Chairman who was received on arrival by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO,PHED, Mr. Naveen Kapoor who was represented by the General Manager, Commercial, Engr. Joseph Aikowe and other top officials of the company elaborated the purpose of the visit was with the view to find a lasting solution to a lingering power outage in the entire ikwerre and Emuoha Local Government Areas which was due to vandalized lines along Ahoada-Elele- Emuoha and Isiokpo way. The chairman Emuoha,LGA, Chief Tom Aliezi appealed to PHED to rehabilitate the lines in order to make life bearable for the affected communities, in addition, he emphasized the need for metering of the customers which would eliminate contentious estimated billing and that they would be happy to pay for the actual consumption. According to him, measures will be taken to ensure that no one can destroy or vandalize any PHED facility.
Kenya: Garissa Solar Plant Sets Earlier Connection Date
Charles Keter, the energy cabinet Secretary has made known that the Garissa Solar Plant Project is in its final stages and will be commissioned by September as opposed to the original date of December. The plant is projected to generate power capable of lighting around 625,000 homes. Reports have shown that the construction of the solar plant came as a result of an initiative by the national government to encourage private investors to put money in solar energy in line with the policy on wind, biomass, and small hydro, geothermal, biogas and solar passed by the government in 2010. The government revealed that there are plans to extend transmission lines to other areas, including Garissa-Wajir and Garissa Garsen.