Chris Edeh October 27, 2016 No Comments


The Sixth edition of the Nigeria’s Alternative Energy Exposition (NAEE) took place from October 19th to 21st 2016 at Shehu Yar’adua Conference Centre Abuja.

The NAEE, anchored by Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria(SEPAN) and organised by Mathesis events represents Nigeria’s largest gathering of policy makers, researchers, manufacturers, investors and consumers brainstormed and brought to practical focus the implementation of Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) using renewable and energy efficient sources in line with President Buhari’s commitment at the Paris Agreement.

The three-day Expo attracted dignitaries  French Ambassador to Nigeria,  Denys Gauer, Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria Suomela-Chowdhury, Project Manager Africa-EU,RECP Ina de Visser, the Chairman of Southern African Sustainable Energy Association Alwyn Smith, Senior Government officials from the Ministries, Department and Agencies(MDAs), among other numerous participants from the private and public sectors, academic, the civil society organization and media. Over twenty (20) manufacturers in renewable energy sector exhibited their products.

This years’ Expo had twelve (12) Plenary Session format with Panellists drawn among delegates hinged on practical implementation of Nigeria’s INDC. Accordingly, SEPANS led initiative under the National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Framework presented two key intervention projects under energy: renewable and energy efficient sources. Various Panel of Discussants also touched on mobilising climate finance for INDC implementation in Nigeria; challenges and opportunities for private sector participation in Renewable and energy efficient projects in Nigeria; Developing GHG inventory and the accompanying MRV system in Nigeria; Legislative Framework in Renewable and energy efficient projects(The all-inclusive Nigeria Climate change Bill 2016 before National Assembly was x-rayed); the green growth agenda for Nigeria with Nigeria’s Great Green Wall as a case study; Domestication of Science and technology in RE and EE sources for sustainability; Green Campus Initiatives and SEPAN’s 2016 Intervention programme: Data collection and collation for renewable energy sources.

At the end of the three-day Conference, delegates resolved as follows:

1. To thank President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and request for expeditious ratification so as to enable Nigeria partake from the accompanying opportunities therein;

2.That SEPAN provide support to relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies(MDAs) for the development of Framework on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions(NAMAs) for the five priority sectors chosen in Nigeria’s Internal Nationally Determined Contribution(INDC): Energy; Gas flaring; Agriculture and Land Use; Industry and Transport;
3.To Commend the Federal Government  for the zeal shown recently at ensuring that renewable and energy efficient sources of energy are mainstreamed as investment with private sector participation;
That we note with concern the deficiency in our energy infrastructure over the years in Nigeria and the need to expand the services is imperative hence the drive towards renewable energy.

4. That the Federal Government through Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) with the support from Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) should oversee the importation of quality renewable energy products into the country. Importation of substandard products by quacks has painted genuine investors in the sector in bad light;

5.That there should be one stop desk office in the Federal Ministry of Finance. This office should serve as first point of call for local and local investors on green growth projects to explore challenges and opportunities in Nigeria;

6.That the regulatory agency National Electrici regulatory  Commission (NERC) should be much more proactive, independent and transparent in RE and EE regulations;

7. That there is the need to for collaboration between the Federal and State Government and the Private Sector to support training and job creation provided by off-grid renewable energy market for technicians, installers and artisans;

8. That there is the need to domesticate our science and technology innovations in renewable and energy efficient sources for sustainability. Accordingly, we implore on stakeholders, researchers and inventors to begin to share knowledge and not hoard it, as this will to a large extent help the sector to grow;

9. That we call upon relevant Stakeholders, development partners to collaborate with SEPAN’s robust Data Base Department for the collection and collation of data on Renewable and Energy efficient sources;
10.That the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) should re-invent itself as the Renewable Energy Development Agency and focus on the promotion of off-grid, mini-grid renewable energy solutions working with the private sectors investors to achieve fast rural electrification.

11. That the renewable energy and energy efficient policy will only be more potent if it is backed by law. This will boost access to energy services and ensure the sustainable growth of clean energy contribution to Nigeria’s energy mix and attract investors to the sector. Therefore SEPAN will support and encourage the Climate Change Bill (2016) on the floor of the National Assembly which seeks to give legal teeth to sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure, among others;

12. We call upon the Federal Government to fine tune its industrial waste management practices to enable her tap on the future electronic waste fortune;

13. In line with the West African Countries resolution in June this year at the African Carbon Forum in Kigali Rwanda that drive the establishment of West African Emission Trading Association (WAETA). A Working Support Group was inaugurated at the last day of the Conference with Nigeria’s Dr Sunny Akpoyibo as Chairman while Mr Marc Daubrey from Cote d’Ivoire as Secretary.

14. The Stakeholders resolved to pursue with vigour the Nigeria’s local content policy in the renewable and energy efficient sector, imploring the developers and oil companies that are diversifying their investment into this sector not to go to the contrary this lofty policy of the Federal Government.

Dr Magnus C. Onuoha
President, SEPAN

Mr Suleiman Yussuf
Secretary, SEPAN

Mr Larry Edeh
Head Publicity/Communication, SEPAN                                                      

Dr Sunny Akpoyibo
Head CSR/Finance, SEPAN

Chris Edeh October 20, 2016 No Comments

#NAEE2016 Day 2 – 20, October 2016

09.00 Plenary session 1
Nigeria’s NAMA Marketplace implementation plan. International donors and private investors are looking for high quality proposals to fund. This will be an opportunity for Nigeria’s DNA Focal Point and Practitioners to present their renewable energy and energy efficient NAMAs to a panel of donors and private investors. Participants will also have opportunity to engage in bilateral discussions toward potential collaborations.
Moderator: Babatunde Fashola – Minister of Power, Nigeria
Peter Tarfa – DNA Focal Point Nigeria
Yahaya Ahmed – CEO DARE
Sunny Akpoyibo – CEO ASTEVEN
Suleiman Yusuf – CEO Blue Carmel
10.30: Tea Break/ Visit the Exhibition
11.30: Plenary Session 2
Legislative Framework in Renewable and Energy Efficient projects in Nigeria. Investors and private sectors will only have confidence if there is an extant law backing these potential projects. We shall take a look at the all-inclusive Nigeria’s Climate Change Bill 2016 that is at the Committee stage in the National Assembly.
Moderator: HE Buka A. Ibrahim- Chairman, Senate Committee on Climate Change and Ecology
Sam Onuigbo- Chairman, House of Reps. Committee on Climate Change
Alex Marama Head Legal, SEPAN
Stanley Ijeoma CEO, Schrodinger Green Abuja
Amina Salihu Oyster Consulting
13.00 Plenary Session 3
Green growth agenda for Nigeria in areas of agriculture, energy. Forests, biodiversity, health and sanitation, human settlements and housing, transport and communication, industry and commerce, disaster, migration and security, water and fisheries, livelihoods, vulnerable groups and education.
Moderator: Michelle Oliveira- Director, Green Economics Institute, Oxford Univ. UK
Magnus Onuoha- President SEPAN
Ibin Seminatari- Ag. MD NDDC
Nkem Ononiwu Designer of Nigeria’s Great Green Wall
Nwate Simeon Director Green Economics Initiative of Nigeria
14.30 Lunch Break/ Networking and Visit to Exhibition
15.30 Plenary Session 4
Engaging Developers and Investors in Power Sector: Challenges and opportunities.
Moderator: Patrick Okigbo Principal Partner, Nextier
Anthony Akah Ag CEO/Head NERC
Yesufu Alonge GM/ Head, PPPCs, NBET
Rahul Singh COO, Kano Electricity Distribution PLC
Tunde Salihu Chief Consultant, Renewable Power Solution
16.30: Domestication of Science and technology innovation. Here we are looking at laying a foundation for the development of technological mindset and standards in Nigeria for sustainability and business prospects of Renewable and Energy Efficient projects in Nigeria.
Moderator: Ogbonnaya Onu Minister Science and Technology, Nigeria
Chidi Akujor Former VC IMSU/ Fellow Nigeria Academy of Science
Mohammed Haruna EVC/CEO, NASENI
Reuben Okeke DG NAPTIN
Obinwanne Petrus Head, R&D, SEPAN
Chris Edeh Head Waste Management SEPAN
NAEE2016: The Green Campus Edition
The world is changing, are you?
On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. They are 17 bold but achievable goals. They are all connected.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.
During this session, we will be discussing how we can combat the impact of climate change while achieving the sustainable development goals.
Speakers & Panelists
Damilola Olawuyi, David Sive Scholar, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, Columbia University
Hamzat B. Lawal, Chief Executive Officer, Connected Development
Pelu Awofeso, Founder/Publisher, Waka-About
Matemilola Saka, Chief Petroleum Engineer, FIRST Exploration and Petroleum Company
Segun Adaju, Chief Executive Officer, Consistent Energy
Chioma Ukonu, Co-Founder Recycling Points
Ibrahim Majidadi, Lawyer
Kehinde Adenegan, Chief Financial Officer, The Green Campus Initiative
Abolade Owoeye, Lecturer & Doctoral Candidate, Federal University of Technology, Akure
Bankole Temitayo Samuel, Prime Minister, The Green Campus Initiative
Odunayo Aliu, Minister of Education, The Green Campus Initiative
Chris Edeh October 19, 2016 No Comments

World Renowned Energy Show #NAEE2016 October opens in Abuja from 19 – 21

The expo opens and run from 9 am to 4 pm till October 21 2016. Backed by the Sustainable energy Practitioners association (SEPAN) and AFSEA, NAEE2016 is bringing to Nigeria over 200 companies with their innovative products and solution. Ranging from solar-powered lamps to cookers, fans to ACs and water heaters to pumps, a wide range of products including solar panels, batteries, inverters and other equipment required for setting up solar power generation unit, are available at the expo.

A solar model house organized by Blue Camel at the venue, turned out to be a major attraction as all electric and electronic equipment in the house including ACs, functioned with the power supplied through the solar panels atop the model house. “Apart from enquiring about the solar panels and other solar-powered equipment, people can seek expert advice on generating solar power on their rooftops,” said Fidelis, a solar panels vendor from South Africa. For generating 1 KW of power, people would need just 100 square feet of space on their rooftops to supply power to four lights, four fans and a television. Today, The NAEE is in fact the largest, most influential and renowned portfolio of renewable energy events in Nigeria. Organized by Mathesis events with its network of more than 10,000 suppliers and buyers of energy products from 30 countries, NAEE2016 focuses on the specific needs of the renewable Energy industries of the countries where it takes place, enjoying support from both national and international institutions.

To know more about NAEE2016, visit

Information on the Sustainable energy Practitioner Association can be found at

Chris Edeh October 19, 2016 No Comments

Exclusive interview with Ify Malo, Nigeria campaign director for Power For All

“Power For All believes that decentralized renewables is the fastest and most cost effective way to advancing energy access in emerging markets”

1) Let’s start with some background about Power For All, the Nigerian campaign in particular as well as your role there?
Power for all is a global campaign to accelerate the growth of Decentralised Renewable Energy, DRE, which we see as the fastest way to achieving clean universal energy for all by the year 2025. Our campaign also serves as a collective voice for businesses and Civil Society Organisations that focus on the offgrid solutions to energy challenges. With the power for all Nigerian campaign, we promote energy access, and address energy poverty and improve socio economic sustainability through promoting DRE. Power-For-All believes that decentralized renewables is the fastest and most cost effective way to advancing energy access in emerging markets. About 60% of the Nigerian population are reportedly not connected to the grid. My role as lead for the Nigerian office is to help catalyze a collective voice for that sector and get various stakeholders together including policy makers and industry stakeholders towards promoting decentralised renewable energy to reach the millions of Nigerians without electricity. What Power-For-All Nigeria does is to basically improve awareness, help improve market conditions to scale up the process of grid extension because the technology already exists in Nigeria.

2) What is the most exciting aspect of the campaign so far? Any particular success stories you can share?
One exciting part of the campaign is increased awareness. Through consultations and workshops held for the media which has led to more reporting and stories about the sector. We have also had similar workshops and for government MDAs to connect industry stakeholders to government agencies, and help understand and articulate policies that can leap from the sector and of course how industry owners can get support from government especially with regards to reviewing taxes and duties that hamper the ease of deploying these technologies for the industry stakeholders. We also have interacted with school programs, which has helped teachers, students, parents and guardians understand what renewable energy is and make them part of the campaign, help drive innovation and education for budding DRE practitioners and generally help spread the message that Decentralized Renewable energy (DRE) is the way out of the future energy deficit. Our message that DRE is the quickest way to scale up our electrification rates in Nigeria is resonating more as we see increased interest from people wanting to explore other means of accessing energy for their homes and businesses. Another exciting aspect of this campaign is the emergence of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, REAN, through support from Power-For-All. Through the support and technical assistance and resources provided by Power-For-All, the industry stakeholders (developers and distributors) have come together under one body and now have a platform and a collective voice to make their voices heard in the sector to advocate for the right policies and regulations, to promote and advance the renewable energy sector and collectively deal with the challenges in the sector. All these have being achieved just in the last few months.

3) What in your view are the main challenges currently in the energy sector in the region?
One major challenge in that our electrification rates in Nigeria are still very low. We have low penetration rates in several communities, particularly in rural communities that are still largely un-electrified and unconnected to the grid. Furthermore, with an already ageing and increasingly unreliable grid, those Nigerians who are connected to the grid do not get sufficient power to run their businesses or power their homes. Therefore, there is a huge over reliance on fuel or diesel generators which is neither cost effective, nor sustainable and have lead to huge emissions and pollution which has lead to damages to the environment.  The bottom-line is that despite huge investments and funding that have gone into extending and improving the grid in Nigeria, energy access penetration in Nigeria remains very poor. This is a major challenge and it is the reason why as a communications and advocacy based campaign, Power-For-All is here to educate people on alternative and cleaner ways to achieve energy access and end energy poverty.

4) What opportunities do these challenges present?
The opportunities we see currently is that there is huge investor interest in the renewable energy market in Nigeria. There is a significant uptick of renewable energy investments in the country and it is clear that Nigeria is on the cusp of an energy revolution and this is evident both from the numerous ongoing renewable energy sector projects and programs. Another exciting thing we see happening in the Nigerian market is that the Federal Government of Nigeria has set a target of 30% renewable energy by 2017, as well as recently announced further target of 50% renewable energy by 2020. We are excited by these large targets because it is sending a positive signal to investors and developers that the government is serious about developing and supporting this sub-sector. As part of its commitment to reaching these targets, Nigeria recently signed 15 IPPs for Solar as part of the process of enhancing its support for solar-powered electricity and the regulator is in the process of releasing draft mini-grid regulations. There are also draft policies in the Bio-fuels sector. These efforts on the policy end to implement and promote renewable as a core subset of the entire energy sector value chain means that that DRE will become more mainstream as it is the way to rest, last-mile rural off-grid communities and reach these stated targets. All of this is in line with the message we at Power-For-All are promoting in a bid to ensure that DRE is not only affordable but is seen to be affordable and more sustainable when compared to other options like diesel generators when the costs are spread over time.

5) What is your vision for the sector?
My vision specifically for the renewable energy sector is to see it reach scale and spread across Nigerians as the best way out of the power challenge currently facing the country. In addition, I want end-users to come to accept decentralized renewable and begin to utilize it in every aspect of their lives; in homes, businesses and even in religious centres. I want to see increased investment in off-grid technologies including mini-grid and stand alone solar systems across Nigeria. I want to see these technologies help grow Nigeria’s medium and small scale businesses, eradicate poverty and provide more economic solutions for a majority of the Nigerian population whose daily sustenance requires constant power. I want to see to innovations that can leap-frog the country into the next century when the teeming Nigerian youth population have the opportunities that can be provide even with basic electricity access. I want Nigeria to be a self sustaining economy through increased manufacturing which will create more job opportunities, and will lead to greater economic growth for the country. Furthermore, I am hoping that by the year 2025 or earlier, Nigeria would have fully made a strategic shift from the on grid source of power to off-grid solutions through the decentralized renewable energy because we have all the resources we need to achieve this, but also because it is quicker, cheaper, cleaner and safer, leading to significantly less emissions and environmental pollution.

6) You are a moderator in a session at the upcoming WAPIC pre-conference master class on embedded generation specifically focusing on ‘problem solving discussions to move the sector forward’– what are you hoping for in this session?
As you know WAPIC is now globally known as the sub-regional meeting point for all energy practitioners in West Africa. I am looking forward to sharing and learning from the experts, practitioners and attendees of this sector specifically on how the DISCOs in Nigeria and Mini-Grid operators can work together to create economic clusters and manufacturing clusters through embedded generation. With the country’s transmission grid overloaded, it would be practicable to proffer solutions and define a road-map, on how DRE and DISCOs can work together to solve energy challenges in the sub-region. Solving Nigeria’s energy challenges will require entrepreneurship and innovation, private enterprise, data mining and social impact investments (through FDI) methodology as instruments. However, implementation is always the big issue and is key. I see the implementation of embedded generation as an investment issue. But the challenge is: how can investors, big and small, be encouraged to engage in this technology, in spite of the hurdles with distribution, and achieve the ends of increased electrification? Particularly in light of dwindling revenues generally, and the current investment climate in Nigeria.
I hope to see out-comes and a strong communiqué that would aid the government of each country, specifically the regulator in Nigeria, create and accelerate renewable energy and mini-grid deployment in Nigeria and fashion out an acceptable model that allow implementation of embedded generation and that showcase cost effective ways of electrifying rural areas that are off the grid.

7) Anything you would like to add?

Decentralized renewable energy is more rapidly deployable. Studies show that Power plants can take a decade to come online, but rooftop solar systems can be installed within days or weeks, and mini-grids can be installed within weeks or months. By 2050, Nigeria is likely to be the third largest country in the world. With a rapidly growing population and increasing energy deficit, the speed of energy access is critical in Nigeria. Decentralized renewable systems are also more affordable, more sustainable, and provide homes and businesses the flexibility and freedom to have their own power supply.

Chris Edeh October 16, 2016 No Comments

FG’s Solar initiative to tackle power shortage in varsities

On Thursday, October 13, the federal government in conjunction with the Federal Republic of Germany formally actualized their energy partnership project, with the flag off of a 10-mega watts solar power plant at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university, as a prelude to the emergence of similar independent power supply initiative in all the 40 federal universities across the country.  President Muhammadu Buhari was represented at the ceremony by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Gozie Anwukah, who described the development as “an historic occasion in the life of the university and of our nation”, saying it was also in line with the national energy policy.  In attendance were the German Ambassador, Mr. Bernard Schlagheck, the governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who is also the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan; the present Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka as well as the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso I, among others.
Anwukah, while performing the ground-breaking ceremony at the Ajibode extension of the University of Ibadan, reeled out the benefits of the provision of consistent power supply to the campuses of the nation’s tertiary institutions, explaining that, that would go a long way in “promoting productivity, efficacy and professionalism in research, teaching and learning with a remarkable impact on the quality of the graduates coming out of the institutions”.
“That the project is commencing at the University of Ibadan should not surprise anyone,” the minister said, adding that it was so because that is where the story of university education in Nigeria started.
He added that UI, with its huge staff and student population, needed a corresponding high energy requirement which is in the region of six to eight mega watts.
The minister noted with delight that the federal government, in its bid to replicate the gesture in all federal universities in Nigeria, envisaged that the project should be achieved through the utilization of off-grid Independent Power Plants (IPPs) which falls under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
“It was in this respect that the federal government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, recently launched the Energizing Education Programme Initiative (EEPI), a collaborative effort of the Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to ensure self-sufficiency in power to all federal universities in the country,” he said.
The EEPI is aimed at providing reliable solar power supply which, in turn, will promote economic growth and sustainable development in universities. Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the off-grid power plant, when completed will be environmentally-friendly with little or no carbon emission, which is in line with global climate change standards.
According to the minister, the ground-breaking ceremony was a culmination of more than two years of negotiations involving the University of Ibadan, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the German government.
He spoke further:  “This is why the federal government, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has committed itself to this project with the provision of funds.  It clearly attests to government’s commitment to supporting a robust educational system.  The project, when completed, will also ensure the realization of the vision of the University of Ibadan in becoming a world-class institution, in the sense that academic activities will be boosted, and ground-breaking researches can be conducted.
“For our universities to be highly rated in Africa and the world, we must have a good research infrastructure, and provision of energy is very key in the process.  The plant will also have the multiplier effect of providing electricity to neighbouring communities.  Government is keenly interested in this project, and its timely completion and effective utilization will inform an extension of the project to other universities.  We shall, therefore, be monitoring the progress of the project.  It is expected that the faculties of Science and technology and the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law would take advantage of his project to enhance the capacity of their staff, while embarking on further research in renewable energy resources.”
The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Bernard Schlagheck, in his address on the occasion, assured that the Ibadan project would be completed and ready for commissioning within the next six months just as he dropped the hint that Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, would be next port of call where similar solar power facilities would be installed under the Nigerian (TETFund)/German Energy Partnership Project.
Schlagheck commended the “fantastic relationship” between Nigeria and Germany, promising that the solar power system will come with the teaching laboratory whereby Nigerians will be exposed to the maintenance aspects after the German engineers would have delivered and gone.
“The teaching laboratory will teach undergraduates and postgraduates on how to do the electrics of renewable energy.  So, we will train the first generation and Nigerians will then do renewable energy like German engineers,” the Ambassador stated.
Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olayinka, expressed gratitude of the management, staff and students of the institution to the Nigerian government and that of Germany for coming up with the initiative, which he hoped would bring a lasting solution to the energy crisis that has been a recurring decimal in the University.
Also addressing the gathering through his representative, the governor of Oyo State, Senator Ajimobi, said the government would want to be a beneficiary of the project.  The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, observed that the solar power plant would have multiplier effect on the host communities while also pleading that such facility be extended to other parts of the state.


Chris Edeh October 16, 2016 No Comments

Renewable Energy Models Will Address Nigeria’s Energy Deficit

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has charged the federal government to better promote renewable energy models that will encourage industries in the country to adopt environment- friendly and sustainable mediums that will benefit the health and livelihoods of Nigerians.

ERA/FoEN made the call at a one-day renewable energy conference which held in Abuja.

The group specified that the federal government had largely played lip service to environmental concerns, revealing that oil and solid mineral exploration and exploitation continue to degrade the environment in local communities in the Niger Delta in spite of several deadlines and a subsisting court order outlawing gas flaring.

According to a statement issued by the group, “Nigeria’s energy policies are deficient, lack community perspectives and the political will to follow through implementation of some good policies are lacking. The result of this lacuna is the high tariffs that have largely unleashed poverty on local communities who can hardly afford the cost.”

ERA/FoEN urged the federal government to establish appropriate institutional infrastructure and frameworks to support expanding energy supply and harmonize sustainable energy policies so that they may be integrated at all levels. They further tasked the media to deepen understanding of energy issues as well as the struggles against environmental and climate injustices.

The event, funded by Friends of the Earth Norway, brought together civil society, development groups, government officials and community-based groups who shared experiences and analysed issues concerning energy policy in Nigeria, the environmental and social impacts of extractive processes, and proffered solutions and energy models to address energy deficit

Participants also addressed peoples’ right to a new energy model in Nigeria, noting that since energy remains critical for development, individuals and civil society groups must amplify calls for a halt to the fossil fuel economy and a change to clean alternatives such as solar, wind and mini-hydro projects, among others.



Chris Edeh October 12, 2016 No Comments

IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016

The IEA has just released the Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016:


Some highlights that you may find interesting:


  • Strong energy efficiency policy is vital to achieving the central energy-policy goals of reducing energy bills, addressing climate change and air pollution, improving energy security, and increasing energy access.
  • The IEA’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016  finds that energy efficiency improvements are speeding up, which is driving down demand, saving companies and countries money, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In 2015, USD$221 billion was invested in energy efficiency improvements.
  • Energy intensity improved by 1.8% percent last year, meaning the global economy needed less energy to grow. The improvement exceeded the 1.5% gain of 2014, and was triple the average rate seen over the past decade.
  • However, while much has been accomplished, global progress is still too slow. Global energy intensity improvements need to reach at least 2.6% per year to put the world on a sustained pathway for a decarbonised energy system
  • Energy efficiency policies aim to deliver the maximum amount of benefit from the energy we use. For instance, car fuel economy standards around the world saved 2.3 million barrels a day of oil last year, 2.5% of the global oil supply.
  • Efficiency standards now cover 30% of energy use globally, up from 11% in 2000. IEA countries saved USD 540 billion in energy expenditure in 2015 as a result of energy efficiency improvements since 2000.
  • One country in particular showed significant progress, China, where energy intensity improved by 5.6%. Without this contribution, the global energy intensity improvements would have been just 1.4% in 2015.
  • The IEA has also introduced the Efficiency Policy Progress Index (EPPI), which tracks mandatory policies and establishes a baseline to monitor future progress.


Download the report here.

Chris Edeh October 9, 2016 No Comments

Nigeria Electricity situation: NERC okays mini-grids for power firms

Power distribution firms will soon begin the development of mini-grids to augment electricity supply to households, businesses and institutions in the country, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said.

This came amid a report from the System Operator that the total electricity generation in the country dropped to 3,894.40MW as of 6am on Friday, from 4,229MW recorded on October 2. The nation achieved its peak generation of 5,074.70MW on February 2, 2016, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

NERC said in a Draft Mini-Grid Regulation 2016 obtained by one of our correspondents on Friday that electricity distribution companies could now use mini-grids as a bridge technology to accelerate their electrification activities.

NERC said the mini-grid regulation was specifically designed to accelerate electrification in areas without any existing distribution grid and areas with an existing but poorly electrified or non-functional distribution grid, especially but not limited to rural areas.

Mini-grid means any electricity supply system with its own power generation capacity, supplying electricity to more than one customer and which can operate in isolation from or be connected to a distribution licencee’s network.

Within the regulations, the term mini-grid is used for any isolated or interconnected mini-grid generating between zero kilowatt and one megawatt of generation capacity.

NERC said, “If the power distributed by the isolated mini-grid is larger than 100 kW, the mini-grid developer will need to apply for a mandatory permit. If the generation capacity of the power station installed is larger than 1MW, the plant is not a mini-grid under this regulation and other regulations apply.”

To encourage mini-grid development, the commission said cost-reflective retail tariffs would be utilised, adding that tariffs would be higher than the current electricity distribution company’s retail tariffs.

The commission, however, said the tariffs would be lower than any electricity supply of the same quality generated from conventional sources in such areas.

It said, “This regulation is suitable for any business model or technology that mini-grid operators may wish to implement. “The DisCos stand to benefit from mini-grid operations and some of these benefits include the development of the DisCos’ licensing areas, which are not being exploited at no cost to the DisCos pending when they are ready to extend their operations to such areas. At such time, demand would have increased to attractive levels for profitable operation, and customers will be used to paying for electricity and complying with the safety requirements.”

Meanwhile, the African Development Bank has launched a Green Mini-Grid Help Desk to facilitate the provision of renewable power to rural African communities.A total of 645 million Africans, nearly 60 per cent of the continent’s population, are said not to have access to electricity. The GMG help desk was unveiled during the 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya.

A report from the website of the AfDB on Friday stated, “The GMG Help Desk provides online technical assistance on the myriad of activities important to the business cycle of developing and operating a clean energy mini-grid.” It added that the help desk was part of the larger Green Mini Grid Market Development Programme implemented by the SE4All Africa Hub and funded through the AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa.

The report quoted the Coordinator, SE4All Africa Hub, Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, as saying, “Mini-grids are a key piece of the energy access puzzle in Sub-Saharan Africa and the GMG Help Desk will be a key tool to accelerate the deployment of private sector-led mini-grid projects in support of the New Deal on Energy for Africa’s vision of universal energy access in Africa by 2025.”

Chris Edeh September 29, 2016 No Comments

FG targets energy audit for adequate electricity supply

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government was planning an audit of energy consumers to meet power supply needs of Nigerians. Fashola said this at the Made-In-Nigeria Summit 2016 held at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.
He said Nigerians wasted a lot of energy and there was a gap between power generation and distribution that needed to be ascertained.
Some panelists at the event said that about 80 per cent of energy generated through various energy alternatives was usually not absorbed by distribution companies.
The minister said there was the need for synergy between power generation and distribution companies in order to reduce loses, while ensuring their adequate consumption.
Fashola said: “It is important for government to know the number of its citizens; to predict the kind of energy demand they have; and in what way they demand that energy.
“It is a data that every sensible and serious government would want to have at its disposal; whether it collects it by itself or through private efforts.”
He said that the ministry was working with the National Population Commission on how best to conduct the next census and explore its energy opportunity for Nigerian businesses. Fashola stressed the need for an energy mix for power generation, depending on the sources available in the various regions which included gas, solar, hydro and coal. He also said that government was verifying debts before making payments to contractors to ensure that they followed due process and the right procurement procedures in contract awards and execution. The minister said that government was rehabilitating power assets across the country, which had been responsible for the steady power supply being enjoyed currently. He also stated: “In the last one year Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro dams have been going through a lot of investments, repairs and maintenance that have been abandoned for decades and we have increased water levels.
“We are also seeing solar initiatives coming through, and this is the combination of what is providing the stability.’’
The minister said that although the nation had lost about 3,000 mega watts to vandals, it was able to generate about the same amount this year.
Fashola said that government was working on increasing power supply until it achieved sufficient power generation and distribution.
He said that government was targeting electrification of all the universities in the nation as they are located in rural areas.
The minister said that by so doing, government would actualise its rural electrification goal.
Fashola gave his support for Made-In-Nigeria meters, transformers, cables and other electrical fittings and appliances that completed the value chain of electricity distribution and generation.
The Eagle online News reports that the minister had earlier declared open the Power Nigeria Exhibition at Eko Hotel.
He lauded the number of exhibitors who were about 200 from various countries. Fashola said this confirmed the fact that there were opportunities from the challenges in the power sector which ‘rational investors’ were exploring.

Seeing power generation as a business opportunity: African CEOs weigh in

Africa’s power sector was one of the key issues discussed at last month’s World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda. Speakers on different panels talked of how power shortages affect their businesses, while players in the energy industry deliberated the challenges, opportunities, and trends.

Several business leaders highlighted that poor electricity access is constraining the continent’s economic growth.

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), noted Africa “cannot industrialise” without improving power generation capacity.

Adewale Tinubu, group CEO of Nigerian energy company Oando, reckons Africa is “potentially the largest power market in the world”, based on available resources and demand for electricity.

“We are losing a wonderful opportunity to leapfrog out of poverty by not having a more sustainable or robust energy policy,” said Tinubu. “I think… without a doubt, the biggest challenge we have to economic growth is really our poor consumption of energy, and invariably our very expensive consumption of energy. We are never going to become an exporting continent until we lower our cost of energy and we take advantage of these different [energy] sources.”

Although there has been some momentum in developing power projects in recent years, sub-Saharan Africa still has a long way to go with hundreds of millions of people not having access to grid-connected electricity.

According to John Rice, vice chairman of General Electric, there are some well-intentioned initiatives geared towards meeting the energy gaps, but challenges related to financing, bureaucracy, traditional risk analysis, and decision-making based on election cycles have led to delays.

He cited the case of the US-backed Power Africa initiative, which was launched in 2013 by President Barack Obama with a view to “double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa”. Power Africa, supported by a host of governments and private sector players, has an ambitious goal of adding 30,000MW of electricity.

But, Rice noted, so far the number of megawatts added onto the grid directly related to the initiative “is very little”.Moving faster

Jasandra Nyker, CEO of BioTherm Energy, a Southern Africa-focused investor in energy projects, called for a greater sense of urgency in developing projects.

“When I talk sense of urgency I see [projects] needing to happen in the next two to three years,” said Nyker. “In my company, we [moved] from site identification to… providing power to the grid, it took us 36 months and we did that twice. So if a small company like mine can do that, I think more and more players out there can actually do it.”

Nyker said her company was able to complete projects swiftly by working with surrounding communities to avoid conflicts over land. The community understood what was being done, how it would be done, and when benefits would accrue to them. BioTherm also managed expectations, and ensured the project was bankable from day one.

Regional projects

Oando boss Tinubu suggested the development of more regional mega-projects in the continent. But Nyker noted such projects are complex due to varying policies and structures in different countries. She cited the case of theDemocratic Republic of Congo’s Grand Inga project, one of the world’s largest proposed hydropower schemes.

“There is a lot of complexity when we look at regional integration, especially when it comes to a grid-connected project,” said Nyker. “If we really want to solve the energy crises in Africa we need to look into our countries first, before we think big. I think the Grand Inga project is very ambitious but I don’t think we should be setting our hearts and hopes in terms of that being a solution to our power needs because it is not going to happen in the next two or three years.”

However, Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission, observed that some regional projects are taking shape. He gave the examples of Ethiopia supplying power to Kenya, and the West African Gas Pipeline – a high-pressure gas transmission system that exports gas from Nigeria to Ghana, via Benin and Togo.

“There are regional initiatives, but of course we need to see more of these,” said Mwencha.

Private sector involvement

Tinubu noted the private sector can play a significant role in power generation, but only if there is a friendly business environment. He gave the example of Nigeria that has become reliant on private diesel generators, which are pricier to operate compared to industrial power.

“What was missing was having an enabling environment, which the government has finally realised and has privatised the power system, liberalised tariffs and in the process we are now seeing the private sector getting involved in building new power plants, and we are now attracting global capital.

“The difference is power is now seen as a business opportunity for investors to make a return,” said Tinubu. “People now have access to cheaper power than when the government was subsidising and [was] unable to meet that demand.”

Signaling continued investor interest in power projects, Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian investor and chairman of Heirs Holdings, noted he would soon be making a US$2.1bn energy transaction.

“That is an investment we are making, not… out of philanthropy, but because we see the returns on investments is quite high in Africa,” said Elumelu.

AfDB boss Adesina noted that over the next decade Africa must strive to attain “universal access to electricity”.

“We have got to be so impatient with moving Africa forward relentlessly – we have no choice. In 2025, there is absolutely no reason why Africa should not be totally lit up with the power it needs to industrialise, because we must not forget no economy ever develops unless you have the base load power to drive industries and be competitive,” said Adesina.