MINISTER of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has assured that the efforts of federal government to explore mini grid option in solving the electricity problem in the country will provide a lasting solution. He stated this in his remarks during the 23rd monthly power sector operators meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State yesterday. According to him, “a few months ago the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) formally presented the Mini Grid Regulations at this meeting and its impact is beginning to manifest” “Last month in Abuja, Nigeria through the Rural Electrification Agency hosted a Mini Grids Summit that is the largest ever attended in Africa with 600 participants from about 40 Countries. The word is spreading around the world as mini grids will help us connect more people and boost incremental power.” “We are also putting together a policy position to help expand the distribution network of the DisCos and use this to distribute the 2000MW that is currently available but cannot be distributed.” He urged power consumers particularly Manufacturers to provide information about where they are, how much power they need, and how to be connected, because 2000 MW of undistributed power is currently available. “This year we should work harder to increase our people’s access to meters and reduce the incidents of estimated billing as NERC conclude the Meter Regulations that will open up the meters supply and installation business. In the first few days of the New Year we suffered a setback to our power supply which was caused by damage to the gas supply network around Okada. ” Fashola listed achievements of the Ministry as follows: Generated power has gone up to 7000 MW in 2017 from 3,000 MW in May 2015, Transmission Capacity at 6900MW in 2017 from about 5,000 MW in May 2015, Peak Distribution now averaging 5,000 MW in 2017 from 2,690MW in 2015. “This is the result of incremental power and we must get more of it. They also tell me that they are now monitoring how they use power and are turning off appliances that are not needed.” “Although this is meant to save costs, it also conserves energy, reduces waste and supports incremental power. In the last three months we have increased the supply of power in the dry weather and people’s experience with power was better.” He argued.

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