The sustenance of adequate electric power at an affordable price requires a high level of efficiency without prejudice to the fact that we need to overcome the initial problem of inadequate generation, transmission, distribution and other infrastructural problems. Energy efficiency remains relevant to make the cost of electricity reasonable and competitive. The optimal use of available energy resources on the long run dictates Nigeria’s competitiveness in the global economy. Lagos as the commercial capital of the nation is responsible for nearly half of its manufacturing as well as its industrial consumption. It is also the nation’s largest metropolis. Also, the appropriateness of siting the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) at University of Lagos underscores the fact that Lagos has the country’s major ports. Importations of transport and production equipment into the country are often processed at the Lagos Ports. Moreover, energy efficiency testing of such equipment and materials can be efficiently carried out in testing laboratories, coordinated in part by the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) and relevant agencies of government such as Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) before their shipment to other parts of the country.
In 2008, the Federal Government, through the Energy Commission of Nigeria established the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation along with three other energy research centres namely; National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NCHPRD), at University of Ilorin, National Centre for Petroleum Research and Development, (NCPRD) at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, and National Centre for Energy and Environment, (NCEEE) at University of Benin. The establishment of NCEEC, led to the appointment of Prof. Oluwole Adegbenro, by the Energy Commission of Nigeria as its pioneer director. To help kick-start activities at the Centre, Eight staffs were initially drafted by the University of Lagos to assist the newly created Centre with its audit, secretarial and administrative duties in addition to seven pioneer staff. The Centre was officially commissioned on March 16, 2010 by the former DG/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Prof. A. Sambo, FAS, OON, NPOM. NCEEC’s mandate is mainly aligned with the broader strategic goals of the Energy Commission of Nigeria as contained in relevant policy documents of the Energy Commission of Nigeria.