Recently, most electricity customers are witnessing poor power supply, and frequent power outages, which began when the National Grid Collapsed on March 14, 2022.
Although, the quality of power supply before the total system failure wasn’t good enough, it was something most Nigerians had gotten used to, which was the norm. But recently, the power supply has worsened.
Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) stated that a total of 337MW had been allocated to our network, and they were working to ensure the restoration of power, but most customers on Twitter replied that power is yet to be restored to them.
Ikeja Electric (IE) didn’t provide any update as to the amount of power allocated to them, but from the complains of customers, we could tell that power hasn’t been fully restored.
In response to a customer on why power hasn’t been supplied to their environment yet, Ikeja electric stated that the persistent poor power supply in certain parts of their network is due to load-shedding by transmission as a result of drop in power generation.
A drop in power generation means that there will poor power supply which entails disconnection of supply on certain lines when the demand becomes greater than the supply.
In load-shedding, customers may not get quality power supply, as the time electricity is supplied will be reduced (usually few hours) or electricity is supplied at a time when there will be low demand to prevent excessive load.
In any case, once the load tends to exceed supply, like when too much power is being used, electricity may be cut off.
Therefore, pending when power generation is normalised, electricity distributors will have to make do with what little power is allocated to them.
In addition, customers should understand that electricity distribution companies such as IE and EKEDC distribute electricity not generate it.
Although, they may not distribute as expected, the more they have, the more they distribute.