The Acting CEO/Head of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Anthony I.B. Akah, mni in company of some of his Management team, paid a courtesy call on Director General, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Professor Eli Jidere Bala FNSE, FAEng, on 27th January, 2016.
According to Dr Akah, the visit was to reinforce the common objective the NERC shares with ECN which is to ensure adequate energy supply to power Mr. Presidentâ€™s developmental initiatives. This can only be achieved when all energy stakeholders work in partnership, sharing experience that is mutually benefiting, Dr Akah said. The visit was also in recognition of ECN as a strategic partner in moving the energy sector forward, given its policy and research experience in the Energy Sector in general including electricity. He noted that NERC and ECN had in the past jointly held workshops together in areas of common interest such as energy efficiency, rural electrification, renewable energy etc. Being cognisant of wealth of experience and research capacity in the ECN in the areas of renewable energy, electricity supply system expansion, planning and energy efficiency through demand side management, which are also important to the regulatory function of NERC, the Regulator is therefore ready to collaborate with ECN and take advantage of her experience in these regard.
A Group Photograph of the Management Teams of NERC and ECN, During the Visit
The DG,ECN, Professor E.J. Bala, in his response, warmly welcome the august visitor and informed him that Energy Commission of Nigeria, having been established in 1979 in line with the declaration that each ECOWAS country should set up an Energy Commission, for the coordination of energy activities, became operational in 1989. The primary mandate of the Energy Commission of Nigeria is to produce strategic plans and co-ordinate national policies on energy in all its ramifications. As energy is the driver of the economy, Prof Bala explained that ECN is to ensure energy supply to the nation is adequate, reliable, cost-effective and sustainable in an environmentally friendly manner. He urged his NERC counterpart to be firm and effective in their regulatory functions and assures him of ECNâ€™s cooperation for the common goal.
Some of the recent collaborative activities of ECN and NERC as listed by Ag Head, NERC include:
- Partnering in the energy efficiency, standards and labelling programmes being coordinated by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) with the assistance of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and German Corporation (GIZ).
- Workshop with UNDP-GEF for the DISCOs on the need for energy efficiency in the industry.
- Workshop on standards and labelling.
In rounding off Dr Akah informed the DG, ECN that the NERC is preparing a comprehensive guide for prospective investors in renewable energy-based electricity and the ECNâ€™s experience on energy demand projection, supply systems expansion plans using international models will be found helpful, while NERCâ€™s direct access to electricity data from their licensees will provide data to ECN in its planning and modelling activities.