NERC Introduces Monitoring System to Improve Power Supply to Customers Nationwide
Power supply watchers have commended the power industry regulator, NERC, for introducing a new monitoring mechanism that has the potential of improving the delivery of electricity to the customers nationwide.
The new system involves daily review of the report of the statuses of all 132/33kV feeders in the country being submitted daily by the System Operator to NERC with regards to the feeders’ loading and availability.
Individual feeder profile is analyzed by NERC officials and flagged where necessary especially where the feeders were unavailable for periods exceeding 8hours approved downtime.
For the weeks; 14 – 19 and 20 – 26 July, 2020 the report, as published on the website of NERC, covered 816 active 33kV feeders that either feed injection substations or directly supply bulk power to electricity customers.
The average feeder loading and availability for the periods under review for all 11 DisCos were 15%: 69% and 20%:70% respectively.
TCN was called out in the report for failing to report the major incident that caused it to restrict bulk supply to Apapa Road Transmission Substation in Lagos during the period under review in violation of the Grid Code and reporting Compliance Regulation.
Besides commending NERC for introducing the monitoring mechanism, they also urged the commission to get the DisCos to do whatever it would take to improve on their feeder availability and loading to take more power to the people.