…Targets 45,000MW power generation
Oscarline Onwuemenyi 12 October 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Federal Government has announced a sustainable energy 2030 agenda with the aim of increasing Nigeria’s power generation from the current 3,000 megawatts, MW, to 45,101MW by that year.
The government’s plan was announced through the Sustainable Energy for All, SE4ALL, Action Agenda document, in which the government said it has finalised plans to enhance the generation capacity of the energy sector to be met through traditional and renewable energy resources.
Further to the new target, the government stated it also expects renewable energy generation to reach 13,800MW within this time frame.
The document also declared that by 3030, the country would be generating 13,000MW from gas, 3,200MW from coal; 2,000MW from nuclear; 5,000MW from solar; 1,000MW from solar thermal; and 1,100MW from biomass.
Director of Press Relations in the Ministry of Power, Mr. Timothy Oyedeji, revealed that government has adopted four documents, namely: National Energy Efficiency Action Plans NEEAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plans, NREAP; Sustainable Energy for All-Action Agenda, SE4ALL-AA; and Nigerian Power Sector Investment, Opportunities and Guidelines, NPSIOG.
Oyedeji said these documents were expected to promote access to regular electricity in the country, adding that the development of NREAP had received tremendous support from the European Union.
Oyedeji added that the German government funded GIZ, through the Nigerian Energy Support Programme, NESP, underscored by the belief that inefficient use of energy supply will increase environmental problems.
GIZ is an entity that provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
“It can also compound the problem of access by large army of our population as it would be expedient to avoid investment in power in excess of actual requirement, because of scarcity of resources.
“The second document is the National Renewable Energy policy document, which is developed as a key element embedded in the current electricity reform, which hoped to radically increase the use of renewable energy sources in Nigeria,” he said.
He added, “This is premised on the fact that Nigeria will put into use its abundant resources in both renewable and non-renewable energy sources, as the country looks forward to capitalising on its economic growth potentials.”