Elec­tric­ity grid sta­ble at 3,000mw

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sunday

The na­tional elec­tric­ity grid has been im­prov­ing at over 3,000 megawatts (mw) all through this week es­pe­cially dur­ing the Eid fes­tiv­ity, Daily Trust has ob­served.

Many elec­tric­ity users said the sup­ply im­proved by a few hours dur­ing the pe­riod against what ob­tained last month.

Daily op­er­a­tional statis­tics from the Nige­rian Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor, an arm of the Trans­mis­sion Com­pany of Nige­ria (TCN) showed that the grid, which went to a lower range in June, started im­prov­ing by the end of last month.

Peak gen­er­a­tion all through the hol­i­days was about 3,000mw. Power gen­er­a­tion peaked at 3,002mw on Thurs­day which was a de­cline of 66mw from the ca­pac­ity gen­er­ated last Wed­nes­day.

How­ever, the low­est av­er­age gen­er­a­tion in two days was about 2,600mw with about 66,468 megawatt hour (mwh) trans­mit­ted for dis­tri­bu­tion to house­holds and in­dus­tries dur­ing the pe­riod.

Un­like the worse sit­u­a­tion in June, some elec­tric­ity con­sumers who spoke with our re­porters said for the past one week, they had im­proved power sup­ply. Oth­ers com­mended the Abuja Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany (Disco) for what they de­scribed as fair billing for the month of May.

One Ameh Ali, a res­i­den­tial cus­tomer in Karu area of Abuja said many of them who are on es­ti­mated billing were sur­prised to see their bills fall to about N3,300 for the month of May when the Disco said they ac­tu­ally con­sumed less than five kilo­watt hour (kwh) daily.

“It was the first time Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) would give such a mod­er­ate bill. Most times there would be no light but they still bring ex­ploita­tive bills to us,” he said.

Some other es­ti­mated bills sighted from cus­tomers in Mararaba town of Nasarawa State showed that the kwh daily rat­ing dropped from about 6.5 to 4.5 in May.

“Our bill is low for May, prob­a­bly be­cause the Disco has seen that the econ­omy is bad and that power sup­ply was too poor dur­ing the month,” Oke Ndukwe, a com­mer­cial class cus­tomer at Nyanya, Abuja, said.

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