The Problem Statement
The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) Act No. 62 of 1979 established the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN).
It gives the Commission the statutory mandate to strategically plan and coordinate national policies in the field of Energy in all its ramifications.
As a result, the ECN is the foremost government organ empowered to carry out overall energy sector planning and policy implementation, promote the diversification of the energy resources through the development and optimal utilisation of all energy resources, including the introduction of new and alternative energy resources.
The Act was amended by Act No. 32 of 1988 and Act No. 19 of 1989.
The Policy Solution
The scope of the Act covers the implementation of energy efficiency programs and projects and evaluating and optimizing the changing activities within the energy space.
It also covers the research, study and development of renewable energy, including nuclear or fuel switch. The Act has empowered the Commission in its quest for sustainable energy production and transition.
NIGAC Constructive Position
The enactment of the Act has been rewarding as it has enabled the Commission to be involved in the establishment of 6 energy research centres towards fashioning sufficient structures for efficient energy transition reforms and policies implementation.
Revising the purpose of establishment of these research centres in line with the UN SDG energy goal 7, and the provision of adequate finance and monitoring, in line with their mission statements, can be a vital stride towards empowering them to achieve their purpose of establishment.
The Commission and its sub-agencies should be rightly positioned to employ and attract cutting edge technologies for advanced energy auditing, monitoring and metering.
Enabling policy structure, favourable legislative rulings and the legally established competitive yet regulated market environment will increase the benefits of the Act to Nigeria and Nigerians.