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.
ZESCO (Zambia Electricity Supply Company) has asked for permission to increase its electricity tariff’s for 2010/11 by 36 per cent, in line with its roadmap to become self-supporting, according to ZESCO’s Acting Managing Director, Ernest Mupwaya.
Ghana has expressed doubt over the ability of Nigeria to supply gas needed for power generation in three countries under the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGPP).
South African utility Eskom has said that the country will have a power surplus during this year’s football World Cup, but that supply will be very tight from 2013 to 2014, and the country will have to save energy to avoid blackouts.
According to Brian Dames, Head of Power Generation for Eskom, the South African utility has built up its coal stockpile to an average of 36 days, and plans to achieve its 42 day target before the Soccer World Cup and the onset of winter.
Walk-outs, lack of agreements and disputes have marked the Copenhagen Conference to date.
The Kenyan government has announced that it will set up a $2 billion revolving fund to lend to those investing in green electricity generating projects.
Consultants Frost & Sullivan say that the South African government should raise electricity tariffs to a level that will allow Eskom and independent power producers to operate.