Nigeria targets 819MW from wind, hydro power projects in 2 years

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The Federal government has announced plans to add up to 819 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity from a number of hydro and wind power projects to the national grid.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who stated this at the Fourth Presidential Quarterly Business Forum in Abuja, said the hydro and wind power projects are under construction in four northern states – Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, and Nasarawa.

According to him, the projects include a 10MW Katsina wind farm; 40mw Kashimbilla hydro power project; 700mw Zungeru hydro power project; 29mw Dadin Kowa hydro power; and 40mw Gurara hydro power plants, adding that they were all at various stages of completion.

Although the minister could not precisely state when the clean energy projects would come on stream, he however noted that, “Some of them will be completed this year; some will run into the first quarter of 2018; and some in 2019.”

Fashola further explained that the government would put its energy to providing embedded power generation through renewable energy sources because it was pricey to expand the national grid to parts of the country that do have connection to it yet.

“I have been speaking about Ihiala and Nnewi for a while and all you have heard is 133KV and 132KV, those are transmission lines that require us to transport energy to very long distances. If they are not commercially rewarding and viable under a private sector regime, the investment is not one that you will find easy to fund,” he said.

He added that, “In lieu of doing that now, we are focusing on embedded power using renewables coming to areas that have not been connected instead of waiting to connect them over lines of 400 kilometers; we can go in there, do the catchment, deliver the power to them, then meter them and let them go.”

According to Fashola, the Federal government would, through a confidence building measure, want more private investors to participate in the country’s renewable energy market as it grows.

“As we know, confidence breeds further investment and when the investment stock is larger, I think we will be able to manage some of the risks and the liquidity issues better,” he stated.

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  1. and they have no alternative as it exist in telecommunications.

    This has been the only reason those that purchase the power industry have retorted to laziness and turn a deaf ear to performance and efficiency.
    Step that must be taken urgently:

    1. FG should bring in meter manufacturing company and allow Nigerian to buy meter for their use and stop waiting for disco till thy kingdom come.

    2. If all have meter there will be no need for estimated bill ; disconnection for non payment will not be necessary since the system will be “pay before use.”
    3. DISCOs will only realized that it can exist now only by performance (work and eat)
    4. Their workers who engage in corruption will no longer have a fill day; since every body will pay before service

    5. This will reel out corruption in every sphere, from costumers to PHCN staff.

    6. This will discourage ineffectiveness, negligent and lack of maintenance; since revenue generated by PHCN will be based on performance, efficiency and amount of power supplied to the customers.

    ON THE CUSTOMER SIDE
    7. Waste of energy will be curbed since bill paid will be based strictly on consumption. The culture of energy waste will be effectively controlled.

    8. Consumers will imbibe the culture of power saving. Power that are currently been wasted will now be distributed to area where needed. The culture of people putting on security light in the day time will stop. Home appliances that are not needed will be short down or put off. This is the best way to sanitize this system, to make it efficient, to do with what we have for now and distribute it pending the time power generation is increased.
    SAY NO TO ESTIMATED BILL

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