Metering Plans Part of DisCos Purchase Agreement – NERC

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Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, DisCos has stated that the performance agreement undertaken by the 11 electricity distribution companies in Nigeria, before purchasing it, include their metering plans.
A statement from NERC this weekend said that its directives to electricity distribution companies DisCos to meter their maximum demand customers not later than November 30, 2016 was without prejudice to provide meters to all classes of electricity customers in line with their performance agreement.
Acting Chairman, NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah while providing further insight into the directives to DisCos to meter their MD customers, said that default will attract sanctions beginning December 1, 2016.
He explained that electricity distribution companies are expected to provide meter for all maximum demand meter customers on their networks not later than November 30, 2016 and that any MD customer willing to subscribe to the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiative,CAPMI, during the moratorium period should be allowed.
It would be recalled that the Commission said that it will sanction any defaulting DisCos beginning fourth quarter of the year. Maximum demand electricity customers are those connected on the 11 Kv high tension wire and mostly with their dedicated transformers. This directive is sequel to the rising complaints from all categories of electricity customers over estimated bills they considered irreconcilable with the available power supply in the networks. The Commission frowned at DisCos refusal to meter their maximum demand customers under the Credit Advance Payment for Metering Initiative CAPMI.
CAPMI is one of the Commission’s initiative which permits willing electricity customer to pay for meter by advancing money to DisCo, who installs the meter within 45 days. Customer who subscribes to CAPMI is refunded his money with interest through discounted electricity bills over a period of time.
The Commission in its directives observed that most of the DisCos have refused to accept maximum demand customers under CAPMI scheme. Meanwhile, maximum demand customers are fewer in number than the other categories of customers and should have been easily dispense with by the DisCos.
In a directive signed by the acting Chairman, Dr. Anthony Akah, the Commission said “any customer who approaches your DisCo for metering under CAPMI Scheme must have their meters within CAPMI stipulated timeline of 45 days.”
“The scheme remains as an option for customers but a compulsory requirement for DisCos to implement when customer offers to contribute to metering through CAPMI.”
Electricity distribution companies were further directed to ensure that customers in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, are effectively managed. The directive further encouraged the DisCos to publicise CAPMI and encourage customer to subscribe to it so as to close the wide metering gap in the industry.

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