The Nigeria Alternative Energy Forum organized a Three Day International conference on policy Dialogue and Exhibitions held at the Shehu Musa Yar Adua Conference Centre in Abuja.
The event was attended by the Honourable Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, Representative of Director General, Nigeria Energy Commission, Members of Nigerian Professionals in Renewable Energy Sector, Representatives of Members of the National Assembly, Civil Society Organisations, Renewable Energy Expert and Development Partner in Renewable Energy across the globe, The Media and the General Public.
Seven papers were presented and discussed. These include:
- Renewable Energy & IPPs: A partnership for powering the Future by Prof Eli Jidere
- Overview of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project by Segun Adaju
- Accelerated Development of Renewable Energy Irrigation System in Nigeria by Suraj Bamidele Shittu
- Public Understanding of Renewable Energy Technologies in Nigeria: Implications For Science and Technology Policy and Education by Rosemary Nike Wojuola
- An Alternative Energy Technology to Nigeria’s Energy Problem by Abdukkarim Hamza El-ladan and Saleem Hussain Zaidi
- Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness for Large Scale Deployment of Embedded Renewable Energy Generation by Dr Akinwale Aboyade andProf Oluwaseyi Ajayi
- The Role of Policy in Financing Renewable Energy in Development Nigeria by Dr. C.K Oji
At the end of the deliberations, the following recommendations of the communique were considered and adopted:
The seven-point issues raised in the communique dwelt on measure towards raising awareness in equitable Alternative Energy generation and distribution of affordable clean electricity.
The energy experts deliberated on the desirability and effectiveness of the crucial Non – ministerial agencies viz:
- The Energy Commission of Nigeria, ECN
- The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and
- The Presidential Task force on Power.
The energy experts brainstormed on the justification, modalities and operations of the advisory agencies and agreed that they needed not be scrapped on the basis of extended bureaucracy, tardy governance process and inefficiency.
- On the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), the forum noted that the agency was charged with design of effective research and development strategies for all forms of energy resources, and advised government on the adoption of such designs. This mandate could be more effectively met by relevant non-governmental organisations in the relevant sub-sector just like the role the powerful Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) plays in the petroleum sector. It noted that the commission’s scanty research output may have delayed the utility and rapid adoption of renewable energy processes which enjoys abundant resources in the countrySimilarly, the forum charged that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) headed by Dr Sam Amadi, needed to be more focused on marketing developments in the energy sector. The experts argued that NERC had between 2011 and 2014 more than doubled the price of energy generation oil and gas each time the NNPC complains of poor pricing and service delivery problems to generating companies. They also noted NERC’s apparent delays in its disciplinary actions against erring DISCOs; and NERC’s adoption of “kids’ gloves” in reprimanding them of neglect practices and perpetuating fraudulent estimated consumers’ billings and delays in Installation of electricity metres. The experts frowned on the illegal collection of operations deposit from consumers pegged at N780 monthly irrespective of consumption which the new DISCO forced on consumers with or without the prepaid metres.
- The Forum charged that in view if these inefficiencies, both the ECN and NERC needed to put “subtle pressure” on the GENCOs and DISCOs to encourage the adoption of embedded PREPS to assuage the consumer dilemma and enhance investors’ confidence in REPs: both the Grid and Non-Grid Lines. It noted massive inefficiencies as exemplified in the Ikeja area where demand is projected at about 800MW, whereas only a scanty 300MW as rudimentarily available. This, they argue does not represent any substantial change in the energy arena by the advent of New IPPs, who are not encouraging REPs even with the existing bottlenecks in the financing them.
- The forum therefore recommends syndicated engagements in proffering solutions as more pragmatic developing African and Asian nations are implementing consumers’ right to 50 KiloWatts monthly. It insists on strengthening collaborative plans and R&D utilities and narrow operational viewpoints to assuage the trends.
- The forum noted that the Presidential Task Force on Power generation was institutionalised during the epileptic electricity output days as experienced at the twilight of late President Shehu Musa Yaradau’s government which and supervised by current President Goodluck Jonathan as an interim measure that spelt out panic efforts at resuscitating the country’s energy output.
- The Presidential Task Force on Power was a near militarised operation to salvage the situation; so the forum advised that such militarised measures are currently out of tune with present best practices in expanding planned sources utilization and co-financing in the interest of equity, good governance and transparency.
- It was agreed that there has to be a Nigeria Renewable Energy Association to promote the interests of practitioners in the industry both in the public and the private sectors. This will impact positively on the development of the industry and create a forum for the dissemination and exchange of information and ideas on matters relating to renewable energy development and utilisation in Nigeria; and will also support training, capacity building and measurement and certification of renewable energy products as well as accreditation of service providers.