The organisers of the Future Energy Nigeria conference and exhibition have announced the programme for this year’s edition which will take place from Tuesday, November 12 to Wednesday, November 13 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
This edition focuses on bridging the country’s energy access gap, the role of off-grid generation projects as well as discussions on the NERC initiative to franchise the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in Nigeria.
“For Nigeria, the off-grid energy market opportunity is massive”
A high-level panel discussion themed “Bridging Nigeria’s energy access gap” will shine a light on the off-grid projects of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), from increasing access rates to their positive impact in the communities.
Managing Director/CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency in Nigeria , Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, one of the featured panelist says, “the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that mini grids could account for up to $300 billion of investment by year 2030. For Nigeria, the off-grid energy market opportunity is massive and mini grids could account to up to $10 billion annually.”
She adds: “This translates to huge economic opportunities for private sector developers and a larger vehicle for electrifying community clusters across rural and urban Nigeria. Mini grids, indeed, are the future for reaching unserved and underserved communities with safe, reliable and clean energy.”
The High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, H.E. Mr. Abhay Thakur, is a VIP guest speaker in the opening session and will address “India’s interest in working with the Nigerian power and energy ecosystem”. Also, the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) returns to Future Energy Nigeria as the featured country partner for the third year in a row, hosting a pavilion of almost 50 suppliers of specialized technology and services for the energy sector.
Speakers include Usman Gur Mohammed, CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigeria, Ebipere Clark, Ag. Special Assistant (Energy) to the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria, Helen Brume, Group Head, Energy and Head, Oil and Gas Value Chain Banking, Union Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria, Jose J. Guerra, Team Leader: Capacity Building and Technical Assistance, Program for the Nigerian Power Distribution Sector, Nigeria
On ‘How can DisCos utilise the provisions of the Eligible Customer declaration?’ This session’s panellists will focus on inadequate TUOS and DUOS tariff structures in some regions; the unimplemented CTC mechanism for affected distribution companies; the current balancing mechanisms and the market for the Niger Delta Power Holding Company in the Eligible Customer model. The Panelists include Dr Joy Ogaji, Executive Secretary, Association of Generation Companies, Nigeria, Edmund. A. Eje, Head of the Market Operator (MO), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigeria, Barr. Sola Adeyegbe, Chief Regulatory Officer, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria, Chiedu Ugbo, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Nigeria
Future Energy Nigeria’s free and very practical Knowledge Hub sessions at on the exhibition floor aim to assist power professionals and senior engineering students to become familiar with the latest technology and current trends and thereby addressing the skills gap and advancing capacity building to propel Nigeria’s power sector. The training will provide a platform to accelerate entrepreneurial spirit in off-grid solar where participants can roll up their sleeves and get stuck in the “A-Z of installing solar panels”.
The Knowledge Hub will also focus on the challenges of industrial power users, including discussions on solutions for mitigating against increased costs of electricity and intermittent power. The full programme is available here.
Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power has officially endorsed the 16th edition of this longstanding, leading power and energy event while the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is an official supporting association of the event.
The Future Energy Nigeria organisers are also proud to be partnering with the Nigeria Electricity Hub to ensure the conference tackles the most pressing challenges and that the discussions continue on their monthly Nextier Power Dialogue. The Nigeria Electricity Hub will compile the post event report to communicate the findings and encourage that actions be implemented.
Leading industry partners and suppliers SkipperSeil, Jubaili Bros and Greenville LNG are confirmed, returning main, gold and silver sponsors respectively. The exhibition is expected to feature some 70+ leading global and local technology and services providers for the power and energy industry, including country pavilions from South Africa and India.
During Future Energy Nigeria, the Utility CEO Forum: West Africa will also gather the region’s power leaders, including DisCos, GenCos and IPPs, for closed meetings that are by invitation only and facilitated under Chatham House Rules, to collaborate and focus on unique in-country challenges.
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