Electricity distribution companies do not believe that there are about 2,000 megawatts of electricity that are stranded in the Nigerian power sector. According to the Discos, the Federal Government’s continuous claim that about 2,000MW of electricity had been stranded for over one year is difficult to comprehend. In June 2018, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, declared that about 2,000MW of electricity produced by power generation companies had been left stranded, as Discos lacked the capacity to take all the generated electricity. To effectively utilise the stranded power, the government introduced the Eligible Customer Policy, an initiative that empowers power consumers to buy electricity directly from generation companies instead of waiting to be supplied power by the Discos.
The policy, however, had yet to yield the desired results, as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Louis Edozien, announced at a workshop in Abuja on Tuesday that since two years after the Eligible Customer Policy was unveiled by Fashola, no one had been fully licensed to enjoy the initiative. “It is a bit disheartening that though it’s almost two years after that policy direction not one fully licensed eligible customer is enjoying this regulation,” Edozien stated. The permanent secretary also reiterated Fashola’s position that about 2,000MW of electricity was stranded, a statement that was countered by the Discos at the workshop.
Focus on power transmission capacity, SSAEAC tells TCN – Punch
The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies has said the Transmission Company of Nigeria should focus on providing information about power transmission capacity, and not generation capacity. SSAEAC stated this in its reaction to TCN’s announcement that the national grid successfully transmitted a new power generation peak of 5,375 megawatts on February 7, 2019, at 9 pm. The TCN said it was the first time that the grid had generated, transmitted and distributed such quantum of power, describing it as evidence of the success of the government’s policy on incremental power. The TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.
The SSAEAC, in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Mr Umar Dubagari, said, “The TCN is not competent to speak for the regulator of the power sector by politicising its performance.” According to the association, the announcement by the TCN usurped the powers of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. “The TCN is an illegal company in the sector since it is not recognised as a market participant in the power market,” it said, adding that NERC should exercise its authority to recognise the Transmission Service Provider and Independent System Operator “as statutory independent companies emerging from the old TCN.”