Executive Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), Dr Joy Ogaji, yesterday in Abuja said the investment made by operators, especially power generation firms, was under threat. This, she, said was due to a regulation introduced by NERC to favourDisCos. She cited a publication to the effect that DisCos are lamenting that they are being overbilled on available generation capacity as captured in the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO). Ogaji said the situation forced NERC to adopt actual generation capacity against available generation, warning that the development could undermine the growth of the sector.
MYTO is a tariff model developed in 2008 by the NERC, pursuant to Section 32 (d) and 76 of the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act, 2005. The aim is to ensure that prices charged by licensees are fair to customers and sufficient to allow them to finance their activities and obtain reasonable profit for the efficient operator. “In layman terms, this redefinition of capacity by NERC means that if a GenCo declares 500MW as available on any day and the grid or TCN only nominates to take 100MW, which, to a large extent, is based on what the DisCos want to take and distribute, that GenCo will only be paid energy and the capacity equivalent of 100MW. The GenCo is left to bear the capacity cost of making available the remaining 400MW.” Ogaji said “no country can grow its power base on this flawed and lopsided regulation that penalises/punishes a generator for investing to increase its available capacity.
Gencos: Discos Arbitrarily Determine Nigerians’ Access to Power – ThisDay
Gencos in Nigeria’s power market Wednesday said that the 11 Discos in the market now arbitrarily determine how much electricity Nigerians can enjoy every day, as against how much they (Gencos) can generate and put on the grid for distribution. The Gencos said this practice was against the rules guiding operations in the country’s electricity market, but that the Discos indulge in it with the knowledge of the regulator – NERC.
Responding to a recent claim by the Discos that the Gencos have only been able to put an average of 3,453 megawatts (MW) on the national grid since 2013 when the power market privatisation happened, the Gencos said through their association – the Association of Power Generating Companies (APGC), that the NERC had in connivance with the Discos included in the Transition Electricity Market (TEM) Supplementary Order of 2015, terms that limited the volume of electricity they can put on the grid and be paid for.
The response of the Gencos was contained in a note the Executive Secretary of APGC, Dr Joy Ogaji. In it, the Gencos claimed the reduction in their billable generation capacity was instigated by the Discos and approved by the NERC. They further explained the practice meant that the Discos determined what the power system could take and not what Gencos are willing and available to sell, adding that NERC went on to direct that metered energy be converted into the capacity for billing.