Nigeria and the USA are in discussions over plans to collaborate on IPPs to increase Nigeria’s electricity generation capacity from its current level of 3700 MW to 10,000 MW by 2011. The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, said that the USA would work with the Independent Power Providers Association of Nigeria (IPPAN) to achieve this goal. He also said that the USA would assist the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The Nigerian federal government has said that it could raise the projected national target of 6000 MW of electricity generation by December to 18,000 MW by partnering with the private sector on initiatives to encourage the use of energy efficiency products. However, power generation currently stands at just 3700 MW, and even with US support, 10,000 MW in nine months is an ambitious target.