By Prince Okafor
The Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) has disclosed that 59.6 per cent of electrical energy shoppers within the nation had been nonetheless on estimated billing as at March 2020.
NERC made this recognized in its ‘First Quarter 2020 Report’ which was obtained by our correspondent in Lagos.
The regulatory company stated the massive metering hole for end-use prospects remained a key problem within the business.
In response to the report, ”The information of the fee point out that, of the ten,477,856 registered electrical energy prospects as on the finish of the primary quarter of 2020, solely 4,231,940 (40.39 per cent) have been metered.
“Thus, 59.61 per cent of the registered electrical energy prospects are nonetheless on estimated billing which has contributed to buyer apathy in direction of fee of electrical energy payments, ” the report said.
Nevertheless, in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2019, the variety of registered and metered prospects elevated by one per cent and eight per cent respectively.
NERC stated the rise in registered buyer inhabitants was as a result of ongoing buyer enumeration train by electrical energy Distribution Firms (DisCo).
The regulator stated that via the train, unregistered shoppers of electrical energy had been introduced unto the DisCos’ billing platform.
It additionally attributed the rise in metered prospects to the rollout of meters below the Meter Asset Supplier (MAP) scheme.
The regulatory company stated all of the DisCos recorded progress within the metering of their electrical energy prospects as at March 2020, in contrast with December 2019.
In response to NERC, the metering standing of the DisCos as at March 2020, areas follows: Benin DisCo, 54.23 per cent; Abuja, 52.73 per cent; Eko, 50.71 per cent; Ikeja, 45.47 per cent and Enugu, 44.85 per cent.
Others are: Port Harcourt, 38.52 per cent; Ibadan, 37.11 per cent; Jos, 31. 80 per cent; Kaduna, 23.60 per cent; Kano, 21.11 per cent; and Yola, 20.44 per cent.
NERC stated it will proceed to observe the DisCos’ implementation of the MAP scheme with the intention to meet the goal of closing the metering hole within the Nigerian Electrical energy Provide Trade (NESI) by December 2021.
The fee added that it had, through the quarter below evaluation, authorized extra most popular MAPs for DisCos that had finalised their MAP’s procurement processes, thereby growing the quantity to 29.