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Nigerian energy today

Nigeria is currently generating less than 4,000 megawatts of energy - about one-tenth of South Africa’s output, despite having more than three times the population.

The annual per capital consumption of electricity in Nigeria is 125 kwh, against South Africa 4,500kwh, Brazil 1934 kwh and China 1397kwh.

The lack of stable and adequate power supplies is the single biggest brake on Nigeria’s medium and long term economic growth prospects, and the most important component of President Jonathan’s reform programme.

Less than 40% of Nigeria’s 180+ million people currently have access to grid-based power. 

To meet the minimum demand Nigerians need at least 40,000 MW to be generated.

Most domestic and commercial consumers are heavily reliant on expensive diesel-powered generation, helping Nigeria account for 40% of all diesel generators imported into the African continent.

President Jonathan has set a target of boosting power generation to 7,000 MW by the end of 2011, and 14,000 MW by 2013. Pan Africa Solar will help President Jonathan meet this target.

Universal access to modern energy by 2030: The Vienna Energy Forum 2011 recommended a multifaceted approach to achieving universal energy access by 2030, which would require action on international, national and municipal levels, including the formulation of development strategies and road maps . National governments, working also within suitable regional configurations, should develop sustainable long term energy strategies and targets so that international cooperation can be guided by locally set priorities . There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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