Delta Set to Dismantle Hostile Energy Sources | The Guardian Nigeria News

Look for better electricity for better economy

The Environment Commissioner, Chief Godspower Asiuwhu has hinted that the Delta State government will soon replace existing energy sources which are not climate and health friendly.

Speaking at the reception of the ‘Delta State Renewable Energy Policy Roadmap’ from the leadership of Clean Tech Hub/ Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation (HBS), a German company, yesterday at Asaba, the commissioner, who lamented the prevailing epileptic electricity, called for improved power supply to improve the local economy.

Asiuwhu said the switch to clean energy was aimed at meeting the electrification needs of the state following its vulnerability to the impact of climate change due to about 75% of vast greenhouse gas emissions. in the Delta which are oil and gas (fossil fuels) extraction and combustion.

He said that the projected increase in temperature resulting from global warming is expected to continue due to increased pressure and demand for energy from fossil fuels, hence “there is an urgent need to move from an economy based on fossil fuels to a more diversified economy”. in which renewable and clean energies play a greater role.

The Commissioner explained that renewable energy covers all forms of energy generated from natural sources such as sunlight (solar), wind, water (hydropower), geothermal heat, biomass and waste. .

According to him, solar energy can be seen as the anchor of various forms of renewable energy, as well as the most abundant, pointing out that Deita State is estimated to have an annual average solar radiation of 4, 53 kilowatts per hour/m2/day, the third in the entire South-South region.

Asiuwhu said solar photovoltaic (PV) could produce 1683.8 megawatts in the state, which he said was good potential for a solar-based renewable energy solution in Delta.

HBS Nigeria Director Jochen Luckscheiter has urged the state government to look into renewable energy policy especially now that states are allowed to generate and distribute electricity on their own to overcome the epileptic diet that consumers have faced over the years.

He denounced the overreliance on fossil fuels, instructing the state government to gradually shift from oil as a source of income for the welfare of the people.

To achieve this goal, Luckscheiter tasked “Delta State to put in place a policy, structures and vision for the development of renewable energy to analyze each sector, from agriculture to health and education,” adding, “It is the only way to know the role that energy could play in improving learning opportunities and the general well-being of people through the provision of clean, uninterrupted energy.

In his address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Blessing Ogaga Edewor, informed that within the next year, there will be uninterrupted power supply to all rural communities in the 25 councils of the state.

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