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NERC to sanction 7 DisCos over uncapped estimated billing

NERC gives 7 electricity distribution companies a timeframe of 14 days to explain why they should not be sanctioned.

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has expressed its intention to commence enforcement action against 7 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) over their failure to comply with the orders to cap estimated bills to customers. 

This was disclosed by NERC in a tweet post on their official twitter handle on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. 

The power sector regulatory agency in its statement said, “The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued notices of intention to commence enforcement action against seven electricity distribution companies over their failure to comply with the order 197/2020 on capping of unmetered R2 and C1 electricity customers’’. 

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NERC’s order 197/2020 places limits on estimated bills that the DisCos can charge the unmetered consumers of residential (R2) and commercial (C1) 

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission listed the electricity distribution companies involved to include those in Enugu, Eko, BeninIkeja, Kano, Kaduna, and Port Harcourt. 

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These distribution companies were given a timeframe of 14 days with effect from June 4, 2020, to explain why the regulatory commission should not sanction them over their alleged failure to comply with the order. 

The NERC had in February issued order No/NERC/197/2020 on capping of estimated billings in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, thereby placing a cap on estimated bills to unmetered customers. 

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This was to protect unmetered R2 (Residential single and 3 phase meters, who consume more than 50kwh per month) and C1 (Commercial single and 3 phase meters, small businesses) customers from estimated and arbitrary billing and hopefully hasten the process of metering. 

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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  1. ejiro

    June 10, 2020 at 11:27 am

    This story would have been stronger if we knew the cap and the extent to which the Discos violated the order. Was there a N5,000 cap per month and did the Discos Charge higher than that?

  2. ossai peter ojeti

    June 30, 2020 at 3:14 am

    ikeja electric is still giving us gracy estimated billing my house just a room ,sit room kitchen and toilet i ask to pay 24,133,97 that my house consumption is 1,054,00 for the month of may 2020 please help me, since this is how they bill us in iju, my house is 20B idowu akinsanya street ishaga in lonlo bus stop
    jan they said my energy consumption is 600 and asked me to pay 13,419.00 naira
    feb they said my energy consumption is 360 and they asked me to pay 8,243.10 naira
    march they said my energy consumption is 670.00 and they asked me to pay 15,341.33 naira
    april they said my energy consumption is 880.00 and asked me to pay 20,149.80 naira
    and may my energy consumption is 1,054.00 and asked me to pay 24,133,97 naira
    i am yet to pay for my pre paid meter , and NERC TO the dicos that from February 2020 we without prepaid meter they should not charge us above 1,872.00 naira [NERC ISSUED ORDER NO/197/2020 ON CAPPING OF ESTIMATED BILLINGS IN NIGERIA ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY]
    I AM ON R2 WHY SHOULD I BE ASK TO PAY ALL THESE THAT I DID NOT CONSUMED?, I DONT HAVE FACTORY IN MY HOUSE NOTHING ELSE

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LPG: Nigerians paid more to refill 12.5kg gas cylinders in December

Nigerians paid more money to refill their 12.5Kg gas cylinder in December than they did in November 2020.

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The average price for refilling 12.5kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) increased by 1.75% in December compared to the month of November, according to the NBS report for December 2020.

The average cost of refilling the 12.5kg gas cylinder moved from N4,082.97 in November to N4,154.28 in December 2020.

According to the NBS report, the average price for refilling a 5kg cylinder of cooking gas increased by 0.12% month-on-month to N1,949.75 in December 2020 from N1,947.47 in November 2020.

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Fossil fuel is expected to dominate Africa’s energy mix by the end of the decade.

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A new research from the University of Oxford has predicted that the total electricity generation across the African Continent will double by 2030.

The study also expects that fossil fuel will still be dominant in Africa’s energy mix by the end of the decade, accounting for two-thirds of all generated electricity across Africa, posing a potential risk to global climate change commitments.

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An estimated 18% of the generation is set to come from hydro-energy projects, which have their own challenges, such as being vulnerable to an increasing number of droughts caused by climate change.

The study, which looked into Africa’s energy generation landscape, uses a state-of-the-art machine-learning technique to analyse the pipeline of more than 2,500 planned power plants and their chances of successful commission.

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Galina Alova, Study Lead Author and Researcher at the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment said that:

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Philipp Trotter, Study Author and Researcher at the Smith School said:

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The Federal Government has insisted that it will go ahead with its policy on the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) and electricity, with no provision made in the 2021 budget for their subsidy.

This disclosure was made by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, during a virtual public presentation of the Breakdown and Highlights of 2021 Appropriation Act on Tuesday in Abuja.

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While answering a question on whether there would be a return to petrol subsidy following the reduction in petrol price about a month ago, the Minister said the answer is a flat no.

Ahmed said,

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Also, while talking about the new Finance Act 2020, which took effect from 1 January 2021, Ahmed said the act adopts counter-cyclical fiscal policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic by providing fiscal relief to taxpayers.

The Minister stated that the government would hold the unclaimed dividends of investors in the stock market in trust and would make the fund available when needed by an investor.

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