The Standards Organisation of Nigeria ( SON) stated that in a bid to optimise the use of the scarce power supply and to prevent wastage, it would begin strict enforcement to ensure the use of only efficient energy appliances in the country. With energy supply in the country remaining inadequate to sustain manufacturing activities and home use.
Having reviewed the minimum standards for low energy saving equipments, SON seeks to implement effective utilization of the paltry energy supply from the national grid in the most efficient and sustainable manner through enforcement of energy saving standards in the production or importation of appliances.
The Head, Electrical and Engineering Department, SON, Richards Adewunmi, explained that most countries of the world who have sufficient energy power supply are working towards reducing energy consumption, maintaining that Nigeria cannot afford to be left out.
Adewunmi during a technical committee meeting on standards and labels (MEPS) for air conditioner in Nigeria on the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), said the cost of generating electricity is very expensive, maintaining that the use of efficient energy saving appliances and renewable energy solutions will help divert the cost of generating power supply in the country for other pressing national needs.
He stated that the technical meeting aimed to prepare a minimum energy consumption standards for electronic appliances, will form part of the agency’s SONCAP requirements when approved by the technical committee.
He words, “When the standards are implemented, it will form part of our SONCAP requirement, before any importer can bring in electronic appliances, they must conform to the minimum energy requirement of the standards.”
According to him, Nigeria is yet to generate up to 40 per cent of its energy needs, saying that for Nigeria to migrate to renewable energy, Nigerians must minimise the usage.
“Renewable energy as we all know is not cheap. If we want to migrate to renewable energy, we need to ensure that people that consume the energy, minimise the usage. We identified several electrical appliances that are frequently used in the household and we decided to start with lamps. Previously, you need a 60 Watts lamp to lighten your house, but now what is needed now is just 15 Watts.
Also, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency, NESP, Charles Diarra, said in its energy efficiency survey, about 50 per cent of electronic appliances coming into West Africa, come into the sub-region through Nigeria, stating the need to formulate standards in Nigeria.