Engineering Post Report
Originally, the Alternative and Renewable Energy (ARE) project development was within the mandate of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB).
However, in order to building more focus on ARE in line with the federal government’s international commitments for environmental friendly energy development, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) was established way back in 2003. From the administrative prospective, the AEDB was essentially tasked with the similar functions as that of PPIB’s, except that its scope was limited to development of ARE projects, resulting in duplication of of functions, resources and efforts mainly among other things.
In view of this not so appreciable and unproductive situation, the federal government has decided that the mandate of the AEDB may be brought back to the fold of the PPIB by merging of AEDB with PPIB.. This will also dovetail with the Competitive Trading Bilateral Contracts which envisions an Independent Auction Agent that will be assigned with the task of conducting the auctions/ biddings on behalf of the DISCOs; where PPIB has single entity will now be acting as the Independent Auction Agent. In this regard, after due process, the Private Power Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill 2022 was introduced in the National Assembly and was passed after going through the usual parliamentary procedures sometime back.