The Energy Commission of Nigeria, ECN, Monday said power generation in the country would rise to 100,000 megawatts by 2030. Prof. Eli Bala, the commission’s director disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja.
He however said the projection would only be possible with an annual economic growth rate of seven per cent and consistent implementation of the of the national energy plan by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
“With the incremental power programme; every time, every year, we must have increment in power generation.
“We will also increase our capacity to transmit as well as the capacity to distribute.
“So I think we are on course, although it is not easy.
“Very soon, we will get to a level where we will have a 100,000 megawatt or 100 gigawatt by 2030 and the economy growing at the rate of about 7 per cent annually”, he said.
Bala also said the strategic energy plan of the commission is in line with government’s effort to grow the economy by double digit.
“We made a plan in such a manner that we project by 2030, if the economy is to grow at 7 per cent, we need nothing less than 100 gigawatts of electricity capacity. “And also, you know our politicians want the economy to grow by double digit”.
“If the economy is to grow by double digit, we need nothing less than 300 gigawatts by 2030,” he added.
Prof. Bala also revealed the commission was combining various energy mixes, including renewable and nuclear methods into national power generation.
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