•Company supplies electricity distributors 14 days to defend breach
Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Rate (NERC) the previous day gave seven Distribution Firms (Discos) 14 days to screen why they’ll also peaceable no longer be sanctioned for breaching the capping justify on estimated billing of customers with out meters.
NERC’s justify 197/2020 positioned limits on estimated payments that also will more than doubtless be issued by Discos to unmetered electricity customers of residential (R2) and industrial (C1).
The regulatory commission listed the errant Discos as Benin, Enugu, Eko, Ikeja, Kano, Kaduna and Port Harcourt.
NERC, which gave the indication to punish the Discos on its twitter take care of: @NERCNG, if after the 14-day time limit the Discos are unable to give any tenable causes for their circulate, defined that the principles would be utilized properly.
It said: “The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Rate has issued notices of procedure to delivery enforcement circulate in opposition to seven electricity distribution companies over their failure to conform with the Snarl 197/2020 on capping of unmetered R2 and C1 electricity customers.
“The justify change into to manufacture obvious customers in the two categories, who manufacture no longer dangle electricity meters installed for them by the Discos, had been no longer disconnected from the electricity provide grid.
“The Discos are Benin, Enugu, Eko, Ikeja, Kano, Kaduna and Port Harcourt.”
NERC, in February, had issued Snarl No/NERC/197/2020 on capping of estimated billings in the Nigerian Electricity Offer Industry (NESI), placing a cap on estimated payments to unmetered customers.
It added that the justify change into to protect unmetered R2 (Residential-single and three-fragment meters, who spend more than 50kWh per thirty days) and C1 (Industrial-single and three-fragment meters, diminutive agencies) customers from arbitrary billing and expedite their metering job.
The commission added that every person unmetered R2 and C1 customers shall no longer be invoiced for consumption of energy past the associated rate capped in time table, which change into N1,872.00 for R2, where consumption is capped at 78-kilowatt hour per thirty days at a tariff of N24 per kilowatt.
In line with the justify, any buyer whose recent estimated invoice is under the capped ticket shall dwell so with out upward overview till the set up of a meter by the vitality distributors, whereas any buyer who rejects the set up of a meter change into liable to disconnection.