More than half of electricity generated in Nigeria is wasted

Oct 18, 2001 02:00 AM

Less than three months to year-end when NEPA is expected to end power outages in the country, the authority says more than half of the electricity generated in Nigeria is wasted. Its spokesman, Malam Muhammad Mousa-Booth, told that the trend would militate against effective power distribution and frustrate NEPA's efforts to end power outages this year if not checked.
"The government has been giving NEPA a lot of support in its bid to increase the quantum of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, but the impact may not be felt unless everybody makes a conscious and sustained effort at electricity conservation," he said.

The NEPA spokesman explained that energy wastage did not only over-burden generation facilities, but affected local distribution network resulting in voltage fluctuations, repeated fuse blow-outs and protective relays.
Mousa-Booth appealed to major customers, especially corporate bodies, to adopt measures aimed at conserving energy in factories, offices andresidences. He urged power consumers to replace all incandescent electric lamps with energy-efficient variants and to embrace a culture of always switching off electrical appliances when not in use.

Source: Daily Trust/All Africa Global Media
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