Total electricity generation in the country has remained below 4,000 megawatts in recent months as low load demand by distribution companies tops the list of factors causing idle capacity in power stations.

Data obtained from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Monday showed that 2002.8MW was unused as of 6am on Friday as a result of low load demand by Discos, while 658.4MW generation capacity was unavailable due to gas constraints. The Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, in a telephone interview, explained the reasons for load rejection by Discos.

He said, “In ANED, integrity matters to us. We are saying that you don’t bring the load to where I don’t need it and you cannot force me to take it where it is not useful for me. When you take it to some places where I cannot recover the money, you will still come back and say I am not paying to the market or remitting.”

“TCN is fond of taking electricity to where we don’t want it because they cannot get it to where we want it because they have dilapidated infrastructure; they have a lot of constraints or bottlenecks preventing them from taking the power to where we need it.”

Source: The Punch