From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
A Professor of the Strategy Communications, America University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola Jacob Udo-Udo yesterday says energy conservation in Nigeria remains the only way to save cost incurred in the power sector.
Udo-Udo in a paper titled “Strategies for reducing energy consumption’’ at the pre-conference organised by the West African Power Industry Convection (WAPIC) in Lagos said that Nigerians should
adopt strategies that would reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent through effective conservation.
According to him, government should provide enable environment for private sector participation to encourage more investment that would boost the power sector at all levels.
“Federal Government should develop a model which can be used to change Nigerians’ perception towards the use of energy in terms of household and commercial use.
“Energy efficiency is another goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide effective products and services.
“Installing fluorescent lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared to using traditional incandescent light bulbs.
“Compact fluorescent lights use one-third the energy of incandescent lights and may last six to 10 times longer.
“Improvements in energy efficiency are generally achieved by adopting a more efficient technology or production processes or by application of commonly accepted methods to reduce energy losses,’’ he said.
Udo-Udo said that Nigeria stood the chance of saving billion of naira from efficient use of electricity through the adoption of energy saving technology.
He said that the electricity sector in Nigeria is currently experiencing serious crisis, adding that Nigeria, with a population of over 170 million is generating about 3,500 MW of electricity.
According to him, it is estimated that about 1,000 of Nigeria’s 3,500-megawatt current electricity consumption could be conserved.
Udo-Udo said that could also be put to productive use through initiatives that encouraged consumers to use electricity more efficiently.
“It cost million naira to develop a megawatt of power plant capacity in Nigeria, therefore, with this technology, the country will be save billion of naira from energy saving.
“The country has not been able to achieve regular power supply in spite of privatisation of the power sector’’ he added.
The expert said that most campus services had been working hard to reduce the university’s energy consumption amid rapidly rising fuel costs.
He said that the manifold initiatives draw to completion, the university has begun to reap the rewards.
“Since June of 2007, the overall electricity consumed in universities have decreased by seven per cent despite an increase in the number freshman class size increase each year.”