From 2020, West Africa will commence cross-border sale and distribution of electricity among member states of ECOWAS. This is according to Chairman of Regulatory Council of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), Honoré Bogler, who confirmed the development to Premium Times.
Bogler revealed this while he was in Abuja, Nigeria after the swearing in of the three-man regional regulatory council. The chairman assured that his council would reposition the power sector of the West Africa region.
Electricity access remains low in Nigeria, with 80 million people without access, particularly in rural areas. To address this challenge, Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is implementing the World Bank supported Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), aiming to scale up investment in mini grid and off-grid solutions. On April 15th, 2019, the REA launched the mini grid and solar home system components of the NEP.
The mini grid component aims to extend electricity services to 300,000 households and 30,000 enterprises in rural areas by 2023. The component is private sector led and provides viability gap subsidies to mini grid developers under two funding windows. The first window will distribute viability gap subsidies to 250 sites selected by the REA through a minimum subsidy tender to help kick-start the industry at scale. Under the second window, developers can apply for performance-based grants of US$350 per connection for sites of their choice on a rolling basis.
In his welcome address, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, underscored the dire situation of Africa’s energy environment. “Africa has a lot of energy potential but potential doesn’t create anything … We cannot continue to accept Africa being referred to as the ‘dark continent’. We need to act speedily to accelerate our plans to light up and power Africa,” Adesina said.
he World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and French Development Agency are among some of the multilateral donor agencies that have raised $1.57 billion for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to expand Nigeria's electricity grid to 20,000 megawatts (MW) within the next four years, THISDAY learnt Tuesday in Abuja. The funds according to the Managing Director of the TCN, Mr. Usman Mohammed, were raised for the company to implement its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).
Mohammed said the TREP was initiated and approved by the federal government for the TCN to steadily grow, stabilise and modernise Nigeria's transmission network so it can take more electricity from generation companies (Gencos) to distribution networks. He disclosed this when the TCN hosted a workshop with stakeholders in the electricity industry to review its plan to procure and install brand new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and electricity management system (EMS) for the national grid.