Published 14 August 2020
Despite abundant conventional and renewable energy potentials, programmes and reforms such as the unbundling and privatization of the electricity industry, it is unfortunate that Nigeria has continued to experience incessant power failures and electricity supply deficits. This energy crisis has adversely affected her socio-economic life and development, ‘fuelling’ calls for the diversification of Nigeria’s electricity sector by integrating renewable energy (RE) systems into her energy mix, both at the state and federal levels. This paper makes a case for stand-alone (off-grid) bio-energy systems as a viable and sustainable solution to Nigeria’s energy crisis, emphasizing on the unique socio-economic and environmental values of bio-energies especially for rural/remote dwellers, as witnessed in some countries such as Germany and Kenya. Among other recommendations, a fundamental way to achieve this objective is to enact and enforce a detailed, strategic and far-reaching regulatory framework for effective implementation and governance of her vast renewable energy resources.
This paper will be part of the OGEL Special Issue on "Energy Transitions 2020 - Achieving Just Energy Transitions through Law and Policy: Challenges and Solutions". More information here https://www.ogel.org/news.asp?key=610