By Chris Ochayi
The leadership of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, recommended that the electricity distribution companies, DISCO, implement modern technologies and equipment that ensure grid stability to improve the quality of electricity supply to the many consumers.
NERC Chairman Professor James Momoh, who gave the advice during a tour of the premises of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, told the company’s management to focus more on the deployment of emerging technology. to ensure customer satisfaction.
Professor Momoh also challenged key stakeholders in the energy sector, especially among the
e DISCOs and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, to end the blame game, which he says has negatively impacted the sector.
The head of NERC while responding to the presentation of the Managing Director of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, said: “I have seen it all, one, what I mean is sustainability, that what has started must be sustained. We cannot afford to solve old problems with old technologies and wait for change. Or new problems with old technologies and waiting for changes.
“The growing sector called NESI, in Nigeria, is becoming a new challenge. And unless we have to think outside the box, we can’t handle it. And I think what I have heard this afternoon, is the daily efforts of the AEDC to tackle the new challenge, be it short term, medium term or long term, using critical thinking outside the box.
“And there are many other DISCOs in the country doing exactly what they are doing, but today is AEDC day and I have to focus on AEDC. For AEDC, it has shown that our energy sector will very soon compete with a world-class distribution company anywhere.
“If you doubt it, look back at what we heard. You’re not asking me if I can remember everything I heard, but I could give it a try. But I will not keep you busy for anything but I will surprise you because I know what you have said.
“The industry challenge if you ask is both technical and commercial. If you get the technical right, you focus on the commercial, if you do it commercial well, you do it technical well. So when you do them right, you become an efficient and reliable company.
And that is the picture he has painted. MD, what you told us, we just wanted to study our project on interfaces; but we remind you what else is happening. My colleague has a right to know what else is happening.
“But I am using this to drive power through the interface with TCN and DISCO. Because for years I’ve seen one of your employees here, this blame game existed. This blame game is my fault, it’s your fault, change your power supply, I change my power supply, I take your transformers, I will take care of my transformer; your relay is not working.
He said: “This is an indirect infighting in the sector. And everyone blamed it. “He added that to address the dispute,” The NERC Commission under my chairmanship said that you are the chairman, lead this. So they selected some engineers to work with me and that’s how we invited the DISCOs and TCN to discussions of a whole week.
Previously, the Managing Director of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, through his presentation, met with the management of the regulatory agency the challenges faced by the company in the areas of ATC / C losses, network reconfiguration, and revenue collection, especially from unmeasured customers.
By disclosing the number of clients measured under CAPMI and MAP, Engr. However, Mupwaya praised the Federal Government’s efforts on the ongoing National Mass Measurement Program, which he says will usher in much stability in the system.