Nigeria's energy poverty: Insights and implications for smart policies and framework towards a smart Nigeria electricity network

Research paper by Chukwuka G.Monyeiab, Aderemi O.Adewumia, Michael O.Obolob, BarkaSajouc

Indexed on: 24 Oct '17Published on: 01 Jun '17Published in: Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews


A thorough and exhaustive review of relevant literature and associated works is carried out to critically examine energy poverty in Nigeria with respect to ownership and income. Using the desktop approach and empirical formulas, the persistent failure of public infrastructure like healthcare, education and security to the poor electricity generation, transmission and distribution capacity in the country is examined; alongside current government's contribution to buoying our generation capacity and electricity access through policies and investment. The findings of the review reveal the urgent need for the smart roll out of distributed generation units in order to stimulate and encourage the ongoing diversification of the economy and also the need for a sustainable road map that incorporates the successes of countries faced with similar challenges. This review paper also proposes the need for palliatives in form of subsidized solar home systems (SHSs) through a sustainable and economically viable means for off grid homes to assuage the effects of non-availability of grid electricity.