Nigeria’s lingering power sector issues could be addressed with de centralisation of grid,and increased investment in renewable energy resources which will see energy consumers have access to electricity directly from Generation companies without recourse to the Transmission companies of Nigeria, (TCN)and the distribution companies of Nigeria (Discos).
The lingering issues between Discos and the TCN on load rejection of megawatts of electricity is already eliciting worry to many energy consumers ,while also foot dragging Nigeria’s industrialisation pace. But experts insist Nigeria could be out of the woods with decentralisation of the grids.
“As a lasting solution to this lingering issue,there is need for the power grid in Nigeria to be decentralised.With a decentralised grid,GENCOS do not have to sell their power to customers through TCN and Discos,and the Discos can also be anle to directly generated the power their distribution network can carry’”Ify Malo,the Nigernan Campaign Director for Power for All told BusinessDay in an interview.
According to Ify,”There are numerous ways through which this can be achieved,such as through embedded power generation and independent electricity distribution networks,especially using decentralised renewable energy across different technologies from solar,wind,biomass,biogas and geothermal.
She ads that the practice will also be cheaper for the investors and operators,rather than the current emphasis of grid expansion to serve the entire country.
“The Federal government must decentralised the grid which would ensure the liberalisation of the privatised sector.States should be allowed to distribute power and share the tarrif accordingly.Most Nigerians are tired,they need power and could access it easier with decentralised power” Chuks Nwani,an Energy Lawyer told BusinessDay in an interview.
Industry watchers are raising concern that there is huge latent demand for power -specifically for productive use and that the current grid based supply architecture for our electricity models in Nigeria have been failing us.
Further,the total installed capacity of the GENCOS in Nigeria is 12000MW,but the grid cannot take more than half of this amount. This industry watchers said could be addressed with decentralised grid,which will allow the evacuation of the power to willing consumers at negotiated rates.
The Nigerian’s lingering power sector issues is really raising a serious concern to industry watchers as some of them had suggested to the government to re-acquire through a technique inform of buying majority shares and reselling same to new investors for the purpose of injecting new capital into the sector.