DisCos push for input into draft regulation

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The power distribution companies (DisCos) are seeking input into the draft regulation being fine-tuned by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The firms said some parts of the regulation needed to be improved to ensure efficiency.
The DisCos, under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), cited metering, saying it is key in the sector. They said the DisCos were not ready to play with it; therefore, it must not be handled in such a way that it wouldn’t boost their operation.
ANED’s Manager, Regulation, Mr Adetunji Adeleye, said the DisCos were unhappy with the payment for meters by consumers as contained in the draft regulation.
Adetunji said metering was important as it was one of the means through which the DisCos derive their revenue. He added that the firms are expecting the issue, among others, stated in the draft regulation would be addressed to favour them, whenever NERC finishes fine-tuning the draft regulation.
According to him, the DisCos are required to provide meters to consumers to distribute electricity to them. He said where other parties were involved in metering, it would affect the firms.
Adetunji, who represented the power firms at a consultative forum held in Abuja to deliberate on germane issues, such as metering, distribution and generation of electricity, said the firms are not pleased with the mode of payment for meters supplied to the consumers, as contained in the draft regulation.
The forum was organised by NERC to seek opinions on salient issues affecting the sector was well attended by stakeholders.
He said the issue of third-party metering stated in the draft would not help the DisCos that are constitutionally required to issue meters to consumers with to provide electricity and generate revenue.
“That is the reason DisCos want the outcome of the draft regulation to be in their favour when NERC eventually releases it to the public, he said.
He, however, lauded the decision of the NERC ton the draft regulation, saying it would set the tone for the administration of the sector.

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