For the first time in the history of the country, electricity generation rose to 5,074.7 megawatts on Tuesday, according to the System Operator of the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, promised on Monday that power generation would increase by 2000MW before the end of this year.

Power generation had hovered between 4,000MW and 4,500MW for most part of last year.

The System Operator revealed the attainment of the new record peak generation of 5,074.7MW on Wednesday in Abuja, and stated that a highest maximum daily energy of 109,372MWH was wheeled out nationwide the previous day.

The Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Clement Ezeolisah, said the new peak generation was attained at 9.30pm on Tuesday.

Ezeolisah said, in a statement, “While the previous peak generation of 4,883.9MW was achieved on Monday, November 23, 2015, the previous highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide was 107,142.32MWH and recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.”

The Managing Director, System Operation/Market Operation, TCN, Dipak Sarma, attributed the achievement to the enhanced cooperation among all the power sector stakeholders and concerted efforts by system operators at the National Control Centre and other stations to ensure that generated electricity was wheeled to the distribution companies and that there was no stranded power.

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