Fostering Sustainability Through Renewable Energy Resource Development: The Law and Policy in Nigeria


Renewable energy sources (RES) exploitation and utilization is the hallmark of sustainable development in any country around the globe. The need to decarbonize Nigeria's energy base through the utilization of RES to ensure sustainability cannot be overemphasized. In the last two decades, the Nigerian Government has shown keen interest in renewable energy resource development by evolving a plethora of policies which articulates certain visions, goals, objectives, targets, and strategies. This paper critically examines these policies with a view to ascertaining their efficacy. It was found that the policies are ineffective and inadequate. The paper further revealed that legislation is a pivotal tool to accompaniment and advance policies, but at present, the absence of a legislative framework poses a major challenge to RES exploitation and utilization in Nigeria. The author recommends the urgent need to enact a coherent and comprehensive legislative and regulatory framework to drive RES development and deployment in the country. A content analysis of a proposed legislative framework is succinctly outlined.

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Osahon Omoregie, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria

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Conference: IICSEEHawaii2020
Stream: Clean and Affordable Energy

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