- The world is moving away gradually from fossil oil and aligning towards sustainable energy resources to substitute conventional fuel
- Biomass, a popular form of renewable energy, is considered a credible and green alternative source of energy
- Ebonyi state in southeast Nigeria has already joined the movement by maximizing its potentials through Biomass
The 5.5-megawatt biomass plant acquired from Germany by the Ebonyi state government is already paying dividends.
The facility utilises rice husk and other available waste materials to generate electricity in the southeast state.
Experts say Nigeria is a developing country with an insufficient supply of energy to meet the continuously growing demand, as such, the Ebonyi facility is needed in several states of the federation.
The impact of the facility was shared recently by a Twitter handle that promotes unique and successful Nigerian stories.
Ebonyi state is one of the states in Nigeria highly endowed with enormous resources both renewable and non-renewable.
The generation rate of solid waste in Abakaliki, the state capital indicates that the level of insolation and volume of biomass resources available in Ebonyi can generate sufficient electricity for both her domestic and industrial use if properly harnessed in a sustainable manner.
The sources of renewable energy in Ebonyi state include; solar energy, biomass energy, hydropower, and wind energy.
Governor Dave Umahi has been credited with initiating policies to ensure the state takes advantage of its natural resources and convert them to both financial and material gains for citizens.
In a related development, the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano natural gas pipeline launched on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, has attained 15% completion.
The facility worth $2,8billion is expected to ensure Nigeria gets an additional 3,600 megawatts of gas-powered electricity and spur hundreds of industries to open in Kogi, Kano, Kaduna states, and Nigeria at large.
The pipeline which passes through the three states mentioned above and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with the capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
In a related development, the presidency has announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has so far disbursed N14.35 billion to the Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DisCos), to cover the procurement of 263,860 meters under the National Mass Metering Programme.
According to the CBN, the facility disbursed is a loan that must be repaid by the DisCos on the basis of the previously agreed amortisation schedule.
Consequently, the repayment is to be deducted from payments made by consumers into the DisCos accounts with commercial banks.
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