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Aerial image of a run-of-river style hydroelectric plant. The main river body extends to the left of the image over some forested rapids, with a straight causeway on the right leading to the hydroelectric plant.

Electricity and Energy Transition in Nigeria

Electricity and Energy Transition in Nigeria

Have you ever wondered why it proves so difficult to address energy infrastructure challenges within developing African country contexts? What shapes energy systems development and the kind of energy infrastructure we end up with within developing country contexts? The book on Electricity and Energy transition in Nigeria provides readers with a detailed account of the dynamics of energy infrastructure change in Nigeria’s electricity sector.

For any scholar interested in the history of energy and electricity, energy market development and energy studies more broadly from a developing country perspective, the academic sensation and writing style in perusing the chapters of this book is unprecedented. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of energy transitions, energy technology and infrastructure, and African Studies more generally.

The book displays a fantastic array of the historical dynamics that shaped the evolution of energy and electricity systems in Nigeria from governance, politics, consumers, industrial policy, and the future perspectives. It starts off by introducing the basic theories underpinning the politics of energy infrastructure supply and goes on to explore the historical dimensions of the Nigerian energy transition by highlighting the influences and drivers of energy systems change. The book also examines the political dynamics at play, highlighting the political actors and institutions that shape energy supply, as well as the impact of consumer politics. The book concludes by considering how all these factors may influence the future of energy in Nigeria.

This book is based on in-depth interviews with policy makers (which include current and past federal and state lawmakers, ministers, and special advisers to the government) and archival materials collected in Nigeria. The focus was to collect historical data (based on the participants’ lived experiences) on the impact and influence of policy making – as a practice – on decisions regarding energy supply infrastructure provisions

The idea for writing this book came as a result of a challenge from a group of friends about the need to document Nigeria’s energy transition dynamics and history from the perspective of a Nigerian who have experienced some of the issues. This book is the first documented monograph on Nigeria’s energy transition. How do we understand the motives and influences underlying changes in energy infrastructure demand and supply within the Nigerian context? This book presents and questions the Nigerian energy governance structure within the electricity sub-sector by investigating the linkages between policy making and electricity infrastructure provision.

Author: Norbert Edomah


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