May 25, 2024

Prepaid meters encouraging Nigerians to adopt energy efficiency, conservation- Shell MD  

Solomon Ezeme

As part of strategy aimed at advancing increased energy efficiency and conservation amidst  insufficient energy, rising demand and increasing electricity tariff, Mrs Elohor Aiboni, Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), has revealed that Nigerians are embracing a consumption habit that guarantees that available power is efficiently utilized in their homes and offices.

The MD of SNEPCo made this known during a panel session at the just concluded 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, themed: “Funding the Nigerian Energy Mix for Sustainable Economic Growth.”

EnergyDay’s check showed that the Federal Government had adjusted electricity tariff regime across ten electricity distribution companies with increases ranging from 5-12 percent,  to ensure that tariffs payable by consumers are commensurate with and aligned with the quality and availability of power supply committed to their clusters.

The Shell MD however noted that  electricity consumers who on prepaid meters are presently compelled by current electricity cost, which is about N60. 67/kWh (Kilowatts per hour), to conserve power at their offices and homes.

She said, “The changes are beginning to happen and Nigerians are learning to conserve energy consumption.

“I sometimes wonder why some Nigerians will leave your lights on,  in broad daylight?.

“Energy transition journey is not a sprint but a marathon, and we all have a role to play, no matter how small, it could be in our consumption pattern and our supply pattern.

“Every single one of us in this country has a role to play even as individual. When we started installing the prepaid meters, a lot of people have been forced to learn to put-off their Air Conditioners(ACs).

“They started putting off the heaters. Most people stopped using dryers to dry their clothes,” she concluded.

EnergyDay gathered that the new energy conservation adoption according to the Shell MD will make consumers’ electricity  loads run more efficiently, reduce energy consumption,  while creating increased levels of energy sufficiency within the existing insufficiency occasioned by the supply constrain within the Nigerian electricity supply industry(NESI).