For the ninth time this year, the nation’s power grid has suffered total collapse amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences. Correspondence from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Friday showed that this year, the national grid has so far recorded 10 collapses – nine total, while one was partial. The latest collapse occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, while electricity generation stood at 2,982.60MW as of 6 am on that day, down from 3,276MW on Sept. 1.
NERC, during its third-quarter report, highlighted the need for adequate proactive measures (adequate spinning reserves) to prevent the system from being destabilized. It said, “The commission is ready to provide all the regulatory intervention necessary to ensure that TCN procures sufficient spinning reserves. Thus the commission is currently evaluating the adequacy of the already procured ancillary services (e.g. spinning reserves) by TCN in order to make sufficient provision during the next tariff review.”