In exercise of its powers to make regulations conferred by Sections 96(1), 96(2(i)) and 70(8) of the Electric Power Sector Reform(EPSR) Act 2005 (Act No.6 of 2005) and all other powers enabling it, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has produced a draft Regulation for Mini-Grids.
The object of this Regulation is to accelerate electrification in areas without existing Distribution Network (“Unserved areas”) and areas with an existing but non-functional Distribution Grid (“Underserved areas”) by attracting participation of private sector, community Based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations in achieving nationwide electrification.
The Regulation, which covers system with capacities below 5 MW, seeks to minimise risks associated with Mini-Grid investments especially in the rural areas by providing for tariff stability over long time. It also provides for a fair compensation mechanism for stranded Mini-Grid Operator investments where main grid extends to cover the Mini-Grid area. The Regulation provides for Permit and tariff approval procedures which will ease the administrative burden on the Mini-Grid Operator and ensure the process of obtaining the Permit in a timely manner.
Public consultations were earlier held in Lagos, Enugu and Kaduna and the Commission is set to hold the concluding public consultation in Abuja as follows.
Pursuant to the above, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to interested persons is hereby invited to review the draft Regulation and send comments to the Commission. The draft regulations can be downloaded from the Commission’s website.
All comments on the proposed Regulation should be addressed to:
Dr Chikwerem Obi
Dr. Abdussalam Yusuf
Further to the above, interested stakeholders are invited to the final Public Consultation on the Regulation scheduled to hold as follows:
Venue: Sandralia Hotel, Jabi, Abuja
Date: November 29, 2016