NERC Justifies Increase In Electricity Fixed Charges

Despite condemnation by Nigerians over the increase in electricity charges without improved power supply, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said the increase in fixed charges for electricity consumers is aimed at guaranteeing stable electricity supply in the nearest future.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, NERC’s chairman, Dr Sam Amadi says the tariff paid by consumers is fair, reasonable and necessary to guarantee continuous improvement in electricity supply to homes and businesses in Nigeria.

He added that the multi-year tariff order of N500 fixed charge for 2012 was slightly increased to N700 with effect from June 2013 and as such there has not been an arbitrary increase of tariffs.

Electricity consumers in the country have been lamenting the annual increase in fixed charges which comes into effect on the 1st of June every year.

Some electricity consumers in their reaction advised the commission to work towards ensuring increased electricity supply by distribution companies.

Although the Nigerian Labour Congress has criticised the increase in fixed charges, the five year multiyear tariff order which came into effect in 2012 to ensure that electricity consumers pay more for electricity supply between now and 2017.

Electronic Meter To Be Installed Within 45 Days Of Payment – NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has kicked off the new metering scheme with an order mandating the electricity distribution companies to commence implementation of the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI).

NERC’s chairman, Dr Sam Amadi, while reeling out details of CAPMI told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the metering system provides a platform for customers that have paid for their meter to have it installed within 45 days.

The issuance of the electronic meter has been delayed for months and even years and a number of Nigerians have persistently demanded for the advance payment meter which eradicates the use of bills, as CAPMI is based on the pay-as-you-use format.

He further revealed that the commission has also signed an order mandating the distribution companies to supply meters paid for by customers dating back to January 2011.

CAPMI came about due to the slow pace of customer metering by the distribution companies as well as the high level of complaints from customers over the current estimated billing practices.

Dr. Amadi further gave the assurance that once privatisation of the power sector kicks in, meter challenges and estimated billings will be a thing of the past.