The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, yesterday, reiterated its commitment to meter Nigerians in electricity consumption. It, however, insisted November 30, 2016 as deadline to electricity distribution companies, DISCOs, to meter their maximum demand customers across their business network.
This was even as the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, engaged the services of Supports Sustainable Electricity Development in Nigeria, SMEC, on Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment, SESA, of Independent Power Producer, IPP, gas-fired, solar and mini-hydro power developments in Nigeria. Speaking on the metering plan, the acting Chairman, NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, stated that electricity distribution companies were expected to provide meters for all maximum demand meter customers on their networks not later than November 30, 2016. According to him, “any Maximum Demand, MD, customer willing to subscribe to the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiative, CAPMI, during the moratorium period should be allowed.” NERC had explained that maximum demand electricity customers are categorised as those connected on the 11Kv (high tension wire) electricity lines, mostly with their dedicated transformers.
They include heavy users of electricity like commercial business plazas; small scale industries and others. He also maintained that defaulters of the regulatory directives will attract sanctions beginning December 1, 2016, adding that all DISCOs have performance agreement which include their metering plans. Meanwhile, the TCN/ Project Management Unit, PMU, under the Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project, NEGIP, has engaged the Supports Sustainable Electricity Development in Nigeria, SMEC to undertake a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment, SESA, of Independent Power Producer (IPP) gas-fired, solar and mini-hydro power developments in Nigeria. In a statement made available to Vanguard, the project is said to have formed part of the reform initiated by the Federal Government on the country’s Power Sector Reform Program.
The statement reads: “This Program seeks to: improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of the Nigerian electricity sector; increase the number of users serviced by the national electricity grid; and stimulate socioeconomic growth in Nigeria and greater Africa. “The SESA will examine sector-wide environmental and social issues associated with privately funded power generation developments. This will include assessing the institutional capacity for impact management and mitigating the potential negative impacts of developments on surrounding areas,” it said.