The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is considering three innovative options; Meter Service Providers (MSP) scheme, modified Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI), and franchising in rural and urban settlements, to improve the metering obligations of electricity distributions companies (Discos) to their customers, THISDAY reports.
Under the MSP scheme, NERC explained that MSPs could be financial institutions, venture financiers or even Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and meter manufacturers, who would own the metering infrastructure on a lease basis including replacement of faulty and obsolete meters, but will also enter into medium to long term meter service agreements with Discos which would then integrate in their vending systems provisions that allow the MSPs to get deductions from customers’ vending.
Another option according to NERC would be a modification of the CAPMI mechanism which it jettisoned before. It explained that the scheme would be modified to have shrewd transparency in monitoring payment made by customers as well as input measures to guard against delays in meter installation and making of refunds. On franchising, it noted that Discos would be allowed to enter franchise agreements with agents who will retail electricity at an agreed discount to consumers but in line with NERC’s regulations, codes and metering requirements.
Source: Energy Mix Report