Opinion

Cliché Is Cheap, Nigeria’s Electricity Is Not Epileptic, By ‘Tope Fasua

I think Nigerians should show respect to sufferers of this disease. Leave them alone and stop using your NEPA/PHCN failures to remind them every second of what they are passing through. Also, get some education on this and other thorny subjects. Think your own thoughts. Do your own research. Google…
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Opinion

Understanding the New Electricity Tariffs: What Are We Paying For? (1), By Odion Omonfoman

Introduction Prior to 2008, there was no transparent commercial electricity tariff setting framework that reflected the true price of electricity in Nigeria in terms of what it costs to generate one MW of power, to transform, transmit and distribute that same MW to customers. As we understand it, electricity tariffs…
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Opinion

Privatising PHCN: A Salutary Death Knell to the WAPP Dream?, By Yusuf Ali

WAPP appears to be just another case of “learning to jump before you can walk”. Perhaps, there is a silver lining in this; the “pre-mature” death of the current WAPP could be an opportune time for member countries to pay more attention to resolving their gapping electricity shortages individually before…
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Opinion

The Need for Dynamic Liberalisation In Nigerian Electricity Market, By Yusuf Ali

Undoubtedly, if the government is to fulfil its international commitments to climate change mitigation and to guarantee energy security for the Nigerian populace without returning us to the literally “gloomy and dark” days under NEPA/PHCN, it must find a way of dynamically liberalising Nigeria’s electricity market well before Nigeria attains…
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Opinion

Oil, Power and Environment in the 2016 National Budget, By Nnimmo Bassey

Permit me to end this short submission by requesting that the NASS publishes details of its expenditure and also to review the controversial Constituency Projects concept, as these projects can easily be taken care of by the various ministries and agencies. We applaud the leadership of the Nigerian National Assembly…
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Guest Columns

Getting Power Generation Right In Nigeria!, By Odion Omonfoman

Nigeria has 27 on-grid generation stations with a total nameplate/installed generation capacity of 14,380MW. Available installed generation capacity is approximately 7,500MW on an average. However, actual average generation levels hover between 3,800 MW to 4,700MW, with a peak generation of 4,810MW attained in September 2015. The table below shows the…
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Opinion

Ensuring Regulatory Independence In the Power Sector, By Odion Omonfoman

Introduction Electricity regulation is still at its infancy in Nigeria. Prior to 2005, there was no independent regulation of the power sector, as the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) was both the operator and regulator of the sector based on the NEPA or Electricity Act, LFN 1990. The Ministry of…
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Opinion

Revisiting Collection Loss Debate in Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, By Yusuf Abdussalam

Mr. Gates, an orange dealer supplies certain exotic oranges from Ondo State to hotels, restaurants and retail fruit outlets in Abuja. He transports the oranges from Ondo to Abuja in an old truck that spends days in transit. Due to the stacking and long period of the transit, some 10…
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