The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC to provide a framework for compensating the electricity meter service providers in the nation.
The government has also ordered the Commission to emerge with a regulation that would enable third party meter providers to install and manage customers’ meters, provided that such parties are certified by Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA and approved by the DISCOs based on available Metering Standards.
This development was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the recent Third National Council on Power, NACOP in Jos, the Plateau State. The NACOP, further urged NERC to reinstate regulations permitting willing customers to purchase meters from approved meter vendors.
“Council approved that meters should as much as possible be manufactured and assembled in Nigeria and where the need arise to import materials for their manufacturing, they should be exempted from custom duty.
“NERC to issue a regulatory order that requires all DISCOs to complete credible customer enumeration that identifies the metering gap and makes the result available according to a timeline prescribed by NERC.
“NERC to enforce on DISCOs the policy directive that any unmetered customer is obligated to pay only its last undisputed bill, if the Customer remains unmetered, the last undisputed bill should be discounted by 15 percent in each subsequent year that the customer remains unmetered provided that the failure to meter the Customer is the fault of the DISCOs.
“NERC to enforce the regulation that prevents DisCos from connecting new unmetered Consumers to their networks.
“NERC to review the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) methodology used to determine and adjust electricity tariff, especially the tariff components regarding return on capital investment and Capital recovery used for its computation.”