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Nigeria launches data-driven geospatial integrated energy planning tool

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched an integrated energy planning tool in collaboration with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), with support from the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet and funding from The Rockefeller Foundation.

The interactive geospatial platform will provide low-cost, dynamic, and data-driven intelligence to a range of stakeholders, including the government and private sector.

This move will identify the mix of technologies and spending needed to achieve universal energy access.

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo explained that establishing clean, sustainable, and reliable energy access is intertwined with many of the country’s development goals.

“The Nigeria Integrated Energy Planning Tool offers critical data and analysis that will assist us in achieving our universal access targets for both electrification and clean cooking,” said Osinbajo.

Powered by extensive geospatial modeling and multiple layers of data the Nigeria Integrated Energy Planning Tool incorporates the requirements for universal residential electrification, institutional electrification, powering productive uses, and access to clean cooking.

The tool is meant to promote a holistic approach to achieving SDG7 and energy development while also supporting local manufacturing, expanding local solar technology value chains, and potentially helping to create new jobs in Nigeria’s energy sector.

For Nigeria to achieve universal energy access by 2030, the Tool estimates that 19.3 million additional electricity connections are required across the country.

This excludes the 11.3 million additional grid densification connections needed to address population growth in settlements that already have access to electricity.

Mini-grids represent the least-cost technology for the bulk of these connections. Taking into account productive use demand from agricultural activities included in the analysis, the number of mini-grids needed increases by 200,000.

The Tool also estimates that the potential for clean cooking solutions is 3.7 million households for LPG, 3.5 million for e-cooking, and 4.3 million for biogas.

Damilola Ogunbiyi, SEforAll CEO, said Nigeria is leading the charge with its ambitious commitment to achieve net-zero by 2060:

The Tool also delves into the funding and investment required to roll out the recommended electrification and clean cooking strategies.

The least-cost plan for providing universal electrification through the grid, mini-grid, and solar home systems is estimated at US$25.8 billion.

For clean cooking solutions, the bill is estimated at US$478 million if LPG is used, US$83 million for e-cooking, and US$847 million for biogas.

The cost of the technologies mentioned is split between stoves, accessories, and the infrastructure required to deliver the fuel or electricity.

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