Electricity: NERC Stops Discos’ Estimated Billing
Electricity: NERC Stops Discos’ Estimated Billing

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC has ordered the 11 electricity distribution companies, Discos to stop further collection of electricity bill under the estimated billing system.

NERC’s Chairman, James Momoh and Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, say the suspension order takes effect from February 20th, and has been circulated to all Discos concerned.

The Commission ordered further that based on the above, the estimated billing methodology is hereby repealed and shall cease to have effect as a basis for computing the consumption of unmetered customers in NESI.

The order also instructed that the energy cap prescribed by the commission shall only apply to R2 and C1 customers, adding that all other customers on higher tariff classes must be metered by Discos no later than April 30, 2020, failing which these customers are not liable to pay any estimated bill issues by Discos

Meanwhile, ahead of the April target for the likely introduction of new electricity tariffs, NERC said it will, begin a nationwide consultations with stakeholders.

According to a notice the consultations will hold from February 25 to March 11 in 12 locations nationwide.