A report has shown that the number of consumers with prepaid meters rose from 1,496,587 at the end of 2017 to 1,589,805 at the end of March 2018. According to the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Benin Electricity Distribution Company have issued about a total of 260,667 meters at end of the first quarter of 2018. With Abuja Distribution Company issuing 282,868 meters, while Ibadan distribution company, the largest Disco, followed by 254,261 prepaid meters to its customers. In addition, Kaduna Disco also issued 138,164 prepaid meters as at March 31, while Enugu Disco had 116,623 of its consumers metered. Portharcourt Disco also distributed 66,507 meters to its customers, followed by Kano Disco who issued 63,037 to its customers while Jos Disco metered 54,395 customers. The data also disclosed that the power generation statistics at the end of March indicated that a total average of 92,747 megawatts per hour of energy was generated daily by power stations. The daily energy generation attained a peak of 105,755MW on March 14, 2018.
Nigerians must get Value for N123bn Electricity Fund- Dogara
On Monday, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara harped on the need for Nigerians to get value from the N123 billion Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilization Fund (NEMSF) provided by the Federal Government as a subsidy to operators in the industry. He stated this at the investigative hearing held by the House Ad-hoc committee set up to interface with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO). He further explained the investigative hearing become necessary with a view to critically examine and re-assess all inputs and assumption in the Multi-Year Tariff-Order system in our electricity industry in Nigeria, and to come up with a draft realistic tariff regime. According to him, the motion was in response to public outcry against the current tariff system. In a bid to address the challenges bedeviling the power sector, Dogara urged all the stakeholders and participants to be open-minded honest and constructive in their contributions.
NASENI Targets 7.5MW Solar Power Annually- Haruna
On Monday, the national agency for Science and Engineering as disclosed that it was targeting to generate 7.5 MW solar power annually to serve as alternative energy in the country. Prof.Mohammed Haruna, the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, disclosed this while declaring open the agency’s 2018 solar installation and Maintenance Training programme for two batches of 20 trainees each in Abuja. In a statement, Haruna said that the training was conceived for unemployed Nigerians and would provide alternative power solution in Nigeria. And further went on to urge the trainees to explore the opportunity that the training will offer describing it as a suitable platform to build capacity in installation and maintenance of the solar system in homes and offices as well as improving power supply in the country.