DisCos have promised to meter all customers soonest. However, ANED also took out to address the new NERC’s directive on MD customers. As we all know, NERC caused a major stir in the power sector by directing MD customers to not pay bills until they are metered.
ANED, which covers all the eleven DisCos in Nigeria released a statement saying
“the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) hereby provides clarification on the information contained in certain recent publications, on the notice issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC) on the metering of Maximum Demand (MD) customers.
“The publications have, erroneously, stated that the requirement of non-payment of electricity obligations, in the absence of the customer not being provided with a meter, applies to all electricity consumers. This is incorrect. For clarity, this requirement only applies to and is specific to MD customers and not residential customers.
“For further clarity, MD customers are commercial and industrial customers who consume high levels of electricity and contribute substantially to the revenues of Distribution Companies (DisCos). The consumption threshold for MD customers is 45KVA.The 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.”
“We recognize that significant interest in the NERC Notice is directly linked to our customers’ requirement that they be metered. And rightly so. It is critically important that we state that there is no more interested party in the comprehensive metering of our electricity consumers than the DisCos. And this is because we understand and fully appreciate the importance of the balance between electricity consumers tracking their consumption versus DisCos having a measure of electricity supplied to their customers, that metering brings. It is our hope and expectation that such metering will be achieved sooner rather than later.
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“While we continue to operate with the estimated billing methodology that is approved and mandated by NERC, we are working diligently towards addressing the metering obligations specified under our Performance Agreements with the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), as well as ensuring that we continue to be sensitive and responsive to the inadvertent challenges of estimated billing that our residential or non-MD customers are faced with.
“Again, please note that the NERC directive ONLY applies to MD customers and not residential customers. NERC has made the clarification as well, which is available on their website and publicized.”
While all this sounds well and good, we can’t help but notice the recurring trend of DisCos and ANED avoiding to commit to a specific timeline for their so-called promise to meter customers. With this in mind, can we afford to trust ANED? or is this just another propaganda? Does NERC need to extend this decree to all customers? Maybe then, the DisCos will step up their game. Let us know what you think in the comment section.