Data is new king for so­lu­tion to crit­i­cal prob­lems, say GenCos

Business a.m. - - ENERGY, POWER & RENEWABLES -

THE NONAVAIL ABIL­ITY OF re­li­able data is partly re­spon­si­ble for the blame game be­ing played in the Nige­rian elec­tric­ity mar­ket, the elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion com­pa­nies (GenCos) op­er­at­ing in Nige­ria have said, as the coun­try con­tin­ues to be in a state of stag­nant growth and de­vel­op­ment be­cause of epilep­tic power sup­ply. The Nige­rian elec­tric­ity in­dus­try is largely split into three ma­jor parts namely, gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion.

The in­dus­try is per­form­ing poorly and on the brink of col­lapse due to bad debts, low rev­enue col­lec­tion, lack of in­vest­ments, and ig­no­rance and mis­in­for­ma­tion on the part of con­sumers, among oth­ers. As a re­sult, no one wants to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for its short­com­ings. GenCos would blame the Trans­mis­sion Com­pany of Nige­ria (TCN) and the elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (Dis­Cos), who on the other hand would turn to blame each other and the GenCos.

This petty be­hav­iour is counter-pro­duc­tive be­cause it doesn’t solve any prob­lems the in­dus­try is be­ing plagued by, but it also makes the in­dus­try play­ers hos­tile to­wards hav­ing a mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion to chang­ing the elec­tric­ity space in Nige­ria.

Yet, to get to the root cause of the prob­lems of the in­dus­try and which part of the in­dus­try it is em­a­nat­ing from, data re­mains in­dis­pens­able to solv­ing the prob­lems.

Joy Ogaji, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary, As­so­ci­a­tion of Power Gen­er­at­ing Com­pa­nies (APGC), speak­ing on be­half of the GenCos ex­plained that the nar­ra­tive in Nige­ria’s power sec­tor has con­stantly moved from the lack of ad­e­quate gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity to trans­mis­sion in­ad­e­quacy and now dis­tri­bu­tion chal­lenges, and the lack of de­pend­able data is the rea­son these pos­tu­la­tions have not been truly tested yet.

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