19 June 2017

Nigeria: Nerc's Directive Not Applicable to Residential Customers, Says Aned

Asaba — The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) has said that the directive by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC) to consumers not to pay estimated billings only applies to Maximum Demand, (MD), customers and not residential.

Mr. Azu Obiaya, Executive Officer of ANED, told Journalists in Asaba that the MD customers are commercial and industrial levels of electricity and contribute substantially to the revenues of distribution companies.

The consumption threshold for MD customers is 45KVA. MD meters are connected on the 11kv (High tension wire) electricity lines, mostly on dedicated transformers. The customers include heavy users of electricity like commercial business plazas, large firms, and small-scale industries among others.

NERC had, in June 2016, issued a directive to distribution companies for all MD customers to be metered by November 30, 2016. Following the expiration of the deadline, NERC further directed that MD customers not metered by March 1 should not pay any electricity bill presented by a distribution company on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

It also said that no distribution company should disconnect any MD customer that was not metered by March 1, on the basis of a refusal to pay a bill issued after the compliance deadline on the basis of estimated billing method.


Obasanjo Should Keep Quiet, Says Former Speaker Na'abba

Last Sunday, the presidency came up with allegations of connivance by some businessmen, the police and other security… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Guardian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.