In order to create sustainable micro-grid framework for industrial clusters, members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) have developed a new policy for electricity supply to 28 industrial clusters in the country.

This development was the result of MAN’s complaints that its members spend over 40 per cent of their production cost on electricity, thus a committee was mandated to work out how to use the commission’s embedded distribution, regulation and independent transmission networks to initiate the framework for micro-grid electricity supplies to manufacturers and industrial hubs across the country.

Sam Amadi, said: “I have spoken with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing because of obvious policy issues in this report and It would further be delivered to the minister for review. We expect policies that would enable sustainable micro-grid.”

Udemba Jacobs, MAN’s President, at the presentation of the report, said the members of the association had constantly spent over N73 million monthly on power generation, which is mostly incurred from self-generation. He expressed hopes that the government will adopt the new policy and make it functional as soon as possible. “I am glad that the chairman has already promised that it will be delivered to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing. It will really help our members and the economy at large. It is when we are producing that the economy will grow,” Jacobs said.

Presenting the report, Reginald Odia explained that the committee reviewed the laws guiding the electricity sector and the existing gaps from which it identified 28 industrial clusters that the proposed policy could now help to bridge shortfalls in electricity supplies. He noted that the association requires about 15,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity for its operation, adding that if the new report is implemented the present 40 per cent cost of production that goes to electricity will reduce to about 10 per cent.

Folashade Olubayo
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