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NERC approves tariff review applications, Capex for DisCos

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By John Ofikhenua, Abuja

The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has approved new Extraordinary Tariff Review applications, Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) and Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) for electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) effective from 1st July 2021.

They shall be effective till 30th June 2026.

The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, at the weekend allayed consumers’ fear there will be no significant tariff increase.

In a statement in Abuja, the Minister said: “Instead of significant hike in electricity tariff, Nigerians should expect increase efficiency in the sector to reduce tariffs while managing headwinds from foreign exchange and inflation”.

The clarification came amidst reports of possible major increase in the price of electricity that has dominated the public space.

Mamman explained the order issued by NERC on the 26th of April 2021 titled “Notice of Minor and Extraordinary Review of Tariffs for Electricity Transmission and Distribution Companies” was a routine procedure.

He said the review planned by NERC is in accordance with Section 76 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005.

But in the NERC orders issued to the different DisCos on Sunday, they were about applications for extraordinary tariff review, Performance Improvement Plans and capital expenditure for the next five years, beginning from 1st July this year.

In the case of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (IKEDC), the NERC said: “This regulatory instrument may be cited as NERC Order on PIP and Extraordinary Tariff Review Application for Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (IKEDC)”.

NERC broke the news in its Order/NERC/274/2021 that The Nation obtained.

According to the document, IKEDC just like the other DisCos, applied for the Commission in November 2019 for a review of the provisions for CAPEX in its Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) tariffs to support the implementation of its PIP over the next five years.

The order explained: “Under the Power Sector Recovery Program (PSRP), it is envisaged that the commission would implement a robust tariff review process aiming at improving performance in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

“This process involved a review of CAPEX allowances in MYTO model compliance with PIPs of the DisCos.

“The approved PIP and Extraordinary Tariff Application shall form the basis for IKEDC to prioritise the implementation of the proposed CAPEX initiatives.

“The approved PIPs shall also form the basis for defining Key Performance Index for IKEDC for the next five years by the Commission with an emphasis on improvement in energy throughout and improving service delivery to customers”.

IKEDC proposed to undertake numerous interventions to improve service delivery to customers.

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Over the next five years the proposed interventions will allow the company to increase the total energy supplied across IKEDC from the 2019 levels of 4,469Gwh/year to 5,263GWh/year by December 2022.

The energy distributor planned to increase average duration of supply to customers in each tariff band over the same period. It said it shall increase platinum cluster from an average of 17 hours per day to a minimum of 20 hours per day.

The IKEDC also planned to reduce the average duration of interruptions from 12 hours to 8 hours per month by December 2022.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) proposed to undertake numerous interventions to improve service delivery to the customers.

Over the next five years, the proposed interventions will allow AEDC to achieve substantial improvement in service delivery but not limited to the following:

“Reduce ATC & C losses from the current level of 45 per cent to 19 per cent over 5 years

“Achieve 100 per cent metering of customers by installing 698,606 meters over 3years + Improve customer safety and reduce inadvertent accidents

“Increase number of new customers from the current level of 1,214,259 to 3,450,695 over 5 years”.

The Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) proposed to increase total energy supply across its network from 2019 levels of 1,161,359MWh/year to 1,226,710Mwh/ year by December 2022.

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