Stop Paying Electricity Bills If You have Not Been Given Prepaid Meter - NERC To MD Customers


Stop Paying Electricity Bills If You have Not Been Given Prepaid Meter - NERC To MD Customers


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has directed all electric MD consumers in the country that have not been provided with prepaid meters by March 1 to stop paying for electric bills presented by Distribution Companies (DISCOs) on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

NB: Scroll down to see the difference between electricity consumers in Nigeria!

The commission also ordered that the DISCOs should not disconnect any of such customers that refuse to pay the bills and further advised such customers to report to the commission if their electricity is disconnected.

NERC gave the directive on Wednesday in a statement released on its website and said it was part of its sanctioning of defaulting DISCOs who failed to provide meters for its customers before the March 1 deadline given.

In line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers, NERC had in June 2016, after consultation with the operators, directed DISCOs to conclude metering of all customers before November 30, 2016.

According to NERC, the Commission at the expiration of that notice granted another three months moratorium which expired on March 1, to enable the DISCOs effectively executes the metering deployment plan for MD customers.

According to the statement, the sanction was a sequel to the expiration of the initial directives by NERC and the moratorium period given to DISCOs to meter consumers.

The statement reads in part:

“A directive was issued to distribution companies by the Commission in June 2016 for all MD customers to be metered by 30 November 2016.

“The Commission received appeals on compliance deadline from distribution companies prior to the expiration of the 30 November 2016 deadline.  The deadline was extended to 1 March 2017 after consideration of appeals received from distribution companies.

“Upon due consideration of facts above and the expiration of the compliance deadline granted to distribution companies on the metering of MD customers; the Commission hereby directs as follows –

“1.    Any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 shall not pay any electricity bill presented by a distribution company on the basis of estimated billing methodology and these customers are advised to report this to the Commission.

“2.    No distribution company shall disconnect any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 on the basis of the customer’s refusal to pay a bill issued after the compliance deadline on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

“3.    Any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 should notify the Commission directly.”

Below is the difference between electricity consumers in Nigeria

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commissions provides a range of customer who falls under tariff classes which the Discos bill on a monthly basis and periodically for customers with prepaid meters. The classes are divided between residential customers, commercial customers, industrial customers, government agencies, religious bodies and street lights.

However, there are two main groups of electricity customers in Nigeria namely the Maximum Demand Customers (MD) and the non-Maximum Demand Customers (Non-MD). The major difference between MD and Non-MD customers is that the MD customers have their own individual transformers. For example, a bank or estate with a dedicated transformer is an MD customer. Unlike Non-MD customers who share transformers with communities. Non-MD customers typically pay higher fixed charges.

Here are their breakdowns and codes:

MD         CUSTOMER CLASS


R3           Small estate, government houses,

C2           Hotels, banks

C3           large supermarkets, hypermarkets

D2           Large scale industrials, Metal companies

D3           Oil companies, large construction companies

A1           Schools, Churches and Mosques

A2           Medium size barracks

A3           Large barracks, large Agricultural processing companies

S1           Street lights
                 

Non-MD    

                 
R1           Customers with consumption below 50 kilowatt

R2           Customers with consumption above50 kilowatt

C1           Small businesses e.g. small barbing and hairdressing saloons

C2           Hotels

D1           Small industries e.g. welders, pure water companies

D2           Largescale Industries, Metal companies


A1           Schools, Churches and Mosques

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