NERC okays mini-grids for power firms

Power distribution firms will soon begin the development of mini-grids to augment electricity supply to households, businesses and institutions in the country, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said.

This came amid a report from the System Operator that the total electricity generation in the country dropped to 3,894.40MW as of 6am on Friday, from 4,229MW recorded on October 2. The nation achieved its peak generation of 5,074.70MW on February 2, 2016, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

NERC said in a Draft Mini-Grid Regulation 2016 obtained by one of our correspondents on Friday that electricity distribution companies could now use mini-grids as a bridge technology to accelerate their electrification activities.

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