Frequent power failure: AEDC explores embedded power sources, find alternative to grid system


Oredola Adeola
As part of measures to address persistent poor state of electricity supply on its network, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company(AEDC) has revealed a plan to partner with power developers offering embedded power generation to boost and  complement its supply from the National Grid.
This was disclosed in a statement by Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, MD/CEO AEDC, obtained by EnergyDay during the weekend.
According to him, we acknowledge the terrible and persistent poor state of electricity supply to your various homes and offices. We honestly feel your pains and trauma and we plead for your continued understanding, while not absolving ourselves of our responsibilities.
“First amongst some of our interventions, is the fact that we are at various stages of discussion with some Power Developer capable of giving us, within a few months, a good level of embedded power generation to boost and  complement whatever else we get from the National Grid, this is especially for the purposes of improving supply to Metropolitan FCT.
EnergyDay gathered that AEDC has developed a strategy named DESSA (Distributed Energy Solutions and Strategy) as part of a wider Integrated Distribution Framework (IDF), which aligns its Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) with distributed energy solutions.

The programme according to the DisCo is meant to augment grid supply and investments in unserved and under-served areas under AEDC network reach to to effectively meet its electricity supply mandate and its performance targets.Fadeyibi said, AEDC is working in concert with other industry partners and stakeholders to address the broader problems of low generation and system instability.

He said, “We have some quick wins interventions projects that we have specifically recently undertaken with the sole objectives of quickly improving supply of power to our franchise area.

“Additionally, aside the lower generation being experienced nationwide, we at AEDC have embarked upon some 40 quick wins projects“That is geared towards rehabilitating our networks and thereby increasing availability and customer satisfaction. They range from de-loading the overloaded feeders, purchase of 81 new Distribution transformers and repair of 78 no existing Distribution transformers . We are  also carrying out major maintenance on 34 power transformers.

“We assure you again that our sincere and much desired goal is to provide you with acceptable levels of power always.
Engr. Fadeyibi further noted that AEDC’s collective effort in the pursuit of those goals, is not limited only to the above-mentioned interventions.
He said, “Everyday, we seek new ways to achieve this objective very quickly  and efficiently, in a matter of weeks to a few months (staggered) depending on the duration of these different projects, the power supply situation overall will be significantly improved.”