fasholaThe Lagos State Government has projected a savings of about N38 billion from effective energy conservation in the state.

However, the nation’s commercial nerve centre would require about 10,000Mega Watts (MW) for it to enjoy regular electricity supply.

The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofeek Ajibade Tijani, who made these known during the flag-off of the state’s Energy Conservation Month campaign Wednesday, said the current energy supply level in Lagos State is insufficient, even as enormous amount of it is being wasted.

According to Tijani, only one per cent of the 20,000,000 residents currently practice energy conservation, which has now prompted the state government to declare the month of October 2013 as the first ever Energy Conservation month to be observed by the people of Lagos State.

The commissioner said the power audit conducted revealed the backdrop, which necessitated quick intervention in the power sector.

“The exercise during which over 13,000 residential, commercial and industrial buildings were audited revealed that just a little over 10 per cent of the power needs of Lagosians was being met from the national grid. The practice of self-generation translates to a total consumption of approximately 162,000 litres of diesel per day, resulting in alarming 178lbs of carbon dioxide emission per household per day in Lagos.

The energy conservation month will feature the ace musician and Lagos State Energy Ambassador, M.I Abuga, who will perform at various programmes earmarked for the programme, such as Google Energy Hangout viewing with the state’s governor; Energy Conservation Art Competition final; commissioning of some power plants in Alausa and Island; and Eko Gas Ikorodu Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) event, among others.

The programmes are slated for between September 27th and October 31, 2013.

Ahead of the “Conserve Energy, Save Money” Campaign, he said the state government has already laid the foundation by retrofitting all light bulbs within the state secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja, into energy saving bulbs, aimed at saving at least 978,906kwh of energy to reduce emission by at least 1,278,44lbs yearly.

Noting that Lagosians waste about 4,358,000kwh of electricity yearly, he said the government has realised that the equation of power supply inadequacy is simply, and can be efficiently tackled through energy conservation.

“Lagosians are demanding for more power than our national grid can currently supply, therefore, by cultivating an energy conservation culture where we use energy wisely, we can make the most of any additional power generated or made available within the state. It is a practice that will help us realize our goal faster and steady power supply while saving money and at the same time reducing environment”, he added.

Information from Guardian was used in this report.