In West Africa, managing director of Nigeria’s Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Oladele Amoda, said that the country will need 88,282MW of power to meet the increasing demand by 2020.
Speaking at a conference in Lagos, Amoda stated that the country needs to procure additional renewable energy technologies to meet its long-term needs, the Daily Trust reported.
He said: “With an estimated yearly economic growth rate of between 7 and 13%, as well as an urbanisation rate of 3.8%, Nigeria’s electricity demand is projected to grow from 15,730MW in 2016 to 41,133MW by 2018 and 88,282MW by 2020,” the managing director said.
Eko drives renewable power need
According to media, Amoda added that the country has an abundance of fossil fuel resources and other renewable energy sources. But he noted that inefficiencies of system management is what hampers the reliable supply of power.
“The commitment of the government towards utilising alternative energy sources can be appreciated as we see more projects being implemented using solar and other renewable options like biomass and wind.”
Amoda added that the country needs to implement a demand side management programme that can accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and conservation.
He said that huge benefit attached to demand side management remains untapped by Nigeria due to mainly lack of awareness, media reported.
Last month, the Nigerian federal government said that it intends to useclean coal power plants as part of maximising its power generation mix.
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology said that his ministry is conducting research into clean coal power plants that will enable the country to expand its energy resources.
Onu made the announcement at the national technical validation workshop on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria with support of the United Nations Development Programme.