Following barrage of complaints lately received over estimated billings, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, is considering placing a ceiling on maximum amount an electricity distribution company can charge a customer as estimated bill.
Already, the commission may be inviting comments and submissions from members of the public to participate at a hearing to consider maximum amount chargeable by an electricity distribution companies as estimated bill.
Commenting on this development, chairman of the commiaaion, Dr. Sam Amadi said, “The context of this proposed new regulation is the realisation that distribution companies are not doing enough to meter unmetered customers.”
“Since the takeover of the network by preferred bidders on November 1, 2013, we have not seen aggressive metering as promised by the preferred bidders. This has led to overbilling of customers, especially in the face of dwindling supply of electricity.”
He complained that the excuse of lack of funds to metre customers by the distribution companies was worn out as the distribution companies failed to utilise the credited advance payment for metering initiative, CAPMI, suggested to them by the Commission.
CAPMI was recommended to the distribution companies by Commission.
It allows them to collect payment for meter from willing customer and refund the money back through a portion of their tariff over a period of time and with interest.