Nigeria, 5 months behind on renewable energy action plan

*Delay places uncertainty on key capacity targets

Nigeria is reportedly behind by five months in the timeline it set to initiate and ratify a national action plan on renewable energy deployment.

Its policy document on renewable energy – the National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy (NREEEP) has disclosed this.

The delay makes her commitment to improve the volume of electricity she generates from renewables quite uncertain.

The NREEP states that she plans to generate 4,549MW and 4,627MW of electricity from her big hydro plants in 2020 and 2030 respectively; 1,607MW and 8,174MW from small hydros in 2020 and 2030; as well as 57MW and 292MW from biomass within the same periods.

She also plans to scale up solar power generation between 2020 and 2030 to 1,343MW and 6,831MW respectively, as well as 631MW and 3,211MW from wind.

Signed into law in April 2015, Section 5.5.1 of the document stated that the country ought to set up an action plan on renewable energy deployment six months or one year after ratifying the NREEEP, it is however yet to come up with this a year and five months after legalising the document.

“The National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) will be a comprehensive document based on the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders.

“It will provide a detailed roadmap of how Nigeria expects to reach its targets for development of the renewable energy sector and incorporation of renewable energy in energy mix.

“This action plan is to set out energy benchmarks on the status quo, will propose sectorial targets, the technology mix expected to be used, the trajectory to follow and the measures and reforms that will be developed to overcome the barriers to developing renewable energy.

“The NREAP will set target year and interim target year, quotas for renewable energy as well as define incentives such as FIT, RPS, PBF, Power PTC, etc. This document should be completed within six (6) to Twelve (12) months of the adoption of this policy,” said the section.