In line with Sections 96(1), 96(2(l)) and 70(8) of the Electric Power Sector Reform(EPSR) Act 2005 and all other powers enabling it, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), following due consultation with industry stakeholders has issued a Regulation for Mini-Grids, effective 24th May, 2017.
The objective of this Regulation is to attract private sector investment into rural electrification in line with the 2016 National Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan.
The Regulation, which focuses on systems with capacities below 1 MW, provides for simplified permit and tariff approval procedures to ease the administrative burden on the Mini-Grid Operators and ensure timeliness in the process of obtaining the Permits. It also provides for a fair compensation mechanism for stranded Mini-Grid Operator investments should main grid extend to cover the Mini-Grid operating area.
The Commission in collaboration with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) has scheduled Investors’ Technical Workshops for 22nd and 24th of August 2017, in Abuja and Lagos respectively, to familiarise the investors and other industry stakeholders with the regulation.
Potential mini-grid investors, financiers, and other stakeholders interested in attending the workshop are to register on the Commission’s website: www.nerc.gov.ng. Due to limited space, the participation is subject to registration and will be on first-come, first-serve basis.