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INCREASED POWER SUPPLY IS FUNDAMENTAL TO WEALTH CREATION - OBIANO

July 15, 2019
His Excellency,  the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano (3rd left) representative of the Permanent Secretary (Power), Emmanuel Nosike (first right) MD/CEO TCN , Usman Gur Mohammed (3rd right) flanked by other delegates  during the courtesy visit

The Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Willie Obiano said increase in power supply is fundamental to creating a business-friendly environment where indigenes and non-indigenes can have opportunities for wealth creation.

He made this known when the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, (Power Sector), Louis Edozien, represented by the Director Transmission, Emmanuel Nosike and the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit recently at the Government House, Awka.

The Governor commended the Permanent Secretary and the TCN's team for the visit, and said that Anambra State had become a one-stop shop for investors, that this was confirmed in a recent publication by the Federal Government which revealed that the State came from the bottom to being number five in ease of doing business in Nigeria.

The Governor further added that he would do everything in his power to increase power supply in the area, and in the State generally. He noted that he had put together competent people as members of the power committee and expressed the hope that working together with the TCN team, Anambra State would in no distance time, be the light of the nation.

He called on the MD/CEO of TCN to investigate the non-completion of the 132/33kV substation at Ifite- dunu, which was awarded to MBH Power Limited for its completion would enable the delivery of more power through the 132kV transmission line from Onitsha.

The Permanent Secretary (Power), Louis Edozien, represented by the Director Transmission, Emmanuel Nosike promised the Governor that the Ministry in conjunction with TCN would do everything necessary to find solution to any electricity challenge in the State. He noted that with adequate electricity supply in Anambra State, places like Onitsha, Nnewi and industrial centers will have more energy to work with, businesses will thrive and poverty will be reduced.

The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed lauded the efforts of Willie Obiano in getting things done in the State. He disclosed that in an effort to make electricity available in the country, the Company was working with State Governments to sort out Right of Way (RoW) issues which usually frustrates projects implementation. He appealed to the governor to assist TCN in resolving the Right of Way challenge along Nnobi axis, adding that TCN also needs support in acquiring land beside existing GCM Power Transmission Substation, to enable it increase its capacity with additional 60MVA and 100MVA 132/33kV power transformers.

The Governor who said he had been looking forward to the meeting, consented to TCN's requests, stating that he would meet with the Igwe, the Chairman of the Power Committee, the Secretary to the State Government, and Commissioner for lands to strategize on how to facilitate the acquisition of land and resolution of RoW issues to enable TCN fast track projects implementation

TCN PRESENTS PROGRESS REPORT ON TRANSMISSION PROJECTS

July 15, 2019
MD/CEO TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed (2nd right) Deputy Director, Press, Etore Efiom Thomas (first right) with other members of the Power Sector Communication Team after the meeting.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed has said that the Company was working in tandem with the Federal Government's goal of providing adequate electricity to consumers in the country and that it had upgraded, rehabilitated, completed and commissioned several new substations, power transformers as well as transmission lines nationwide in the past couple of years, in line with the Company’s  Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).

The MD/CEO said this Wednesday in his office in Abuja while hosting the July 2019 Meeting of the Power Sector Communication Team.

He said before TCN was seen as the weakest in the value chain but today, the Company had shown significant shift in the way transmission issues are handled.

He disclosed that TCN is effectively collaborating and co-operating with donor agencies to reinforce the system under the critical investment programme. The MD said the Company has received 1.66 billion dollars from multi-lateral donors to boost power supply in the country.

“As at today, the amount we have raised from multi-lateral donors has risen to 1.66 billion dollars to execute some power projects in the country. “These projects include the Abuja Wheeling Scheme that will bring five sub-stations and bring a new supply route to the territory. “The new route will be from Lafia to Abuja with 330 Kilo Volt (KV) line and two 330KV sub-stations in Abuja and put additional three numbers 132 KV sub-stations in the territory,’’  Mohammed said

He noted that in spite of the massive investments so far recorded by the sector from the transmission end, the distribution companies were yet to match it with a proportional upgrade of their equipment. He pointed out that power distribution companies require $4.3bn to recapitalize in order to effectively invest in their networks nationwide and improve electricity supply, saying “We have written to the government to recapitalize Discos. $4.3bn is required to stabilize the Discos”

According to Mohammed, the company has also recovered 775 power equipment containers out of 800 abandoned at the ports due to tariff related issues.

While appreciating the Power Sector Communication Team (PSCT) for the work they are doing, Mohammed charged them to make judicious use of the communication tools to bring about attitudinal and behavioral change in the citizenry as regards the sector

EU TO INVEST IN NIGERIA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY ENTREPRENEURS

July 15, 2019
Solar Panels

The European Union (EU) has revealed plans to invest in entrepreneurial ideas that will boost renewable energy in Nigeria.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Ketil Karlsen, made this known at the Union’s ‘Green Event’, saying that the EU would continue to support all efforts toward ensuring that Nigeria meets its target of 30 percent energy mix by 2030.

He said the Union was enabling communities in Nigeria to harness solar power to generate renewable energy,  and that the EU had set aside €165m for intervention in the energy sector to improve access to over 90 million Nigerians and business owners without access to clean and affordable energy.

Karlson said, “So, already, there is so much to do to have access to energy to provide electricity to hospitals, health facilities, schools and for businesses. This is because by the end of the day, without having affordable energy supply, businesses will not be competitive. They will not be able to compete with other countries.

“We look for investment projects and opportunities to invest in young dynamic entrepreneurs that have the great ideas to boost the use of renewable energy. So, it is about finding the right formula that will allow that development to take place; that will allow that job creation to take place.’’

Stating that the EU would help in developing best practices for renewable energy in the country, Karlsen explained that ensuring the use of renewable energy should be done in a manner that would not affect the environment. “It should be done in a manner where we do not add to the already existing climate change in Nigeria and elsewhere. So, this is the resounding message that we are giving today; take this matter seriously,” he said.

IKEJA ELECTRIC BEGINS METER ROLL OUT IN UNILAG ESTATE

July 15, 2019
Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company

Residents of the University of Lagos (Unilag) Estate in Isheri, Lagos State, at the weekend commended Ikeja Electric (IE) for the installation of meters in the estate, under the Meter Asset Provider scheme (MAP).

Chairman of the Community Development Association (CDA), Bashir Momodu, said with the roll out of the meters, they could now control their consumption as they are paying for whatever they use.

Another landlord, Kunle Olaifa, while commending the Disco, noted that installation of meters will gradually eliminate the issue of outstanding bills left by tenants when vacating premises, which is always the nightmare of homeowners

On her part, Abimbola Ande expressed joy that with the installation of meters, the burden of crazy bills has been lifted off her. According to her, a new Nigeria is emerging, adding that she receives text messages informing her of any challenge whenever there is prolonged outage.

Responding, the Ag. Chief Commercial Officer Ikeja Electric, Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, reiterated IE’s commitment to bridging the metering gap across its network, through the MAP scheme. “Ikeja Electric is deploying the meters in two phases, starting with Shomolu, Ikorodu and Abule-Egba Business Units. The second phase will now include Akowonjo, Ikeja and Oshodi Business Units.

We have already commenced MAP in the Shomolu Business Unit, with the metering of Unilag Estate in Isheri and Magodo, which is currently ongoing. The unique demography of these areas actually made the survey of customers very easy,” he explained.

He advised customers to register for MAP through map.ikejaelectric.com using the account number on the bill to update their Know Your Customer (KYC) details, after which a survey will be carried out to determine the type of meter that will be suitable for their premises.
He said customers would be advised to pay based on the survey and the meter will be installed within 10 days after payment.

Obi-Chukwu noted that the Company has put measures in place to ensure that the meters are not by-passed, that there are monitoring team patrolling the network on daily basis to cross check the meters and whoever is caught to have by-passed the meter will be sanctioned accordingly.

“The offender will be made to pay fine of N50, 000 if its single phase meter and N100, 000 for by-passing three-phase meter. Also, such customer will be charged for loss of revenue by billing the customer, as determined by Ikeja Electric. The fine depends on the nature and level of by-pass,” he said.

PRESIDENT BUHARI URGES DISCOS TO BRACE UP

July 6, 2019
His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari  GCFR

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja has reiterated that the Federal Government would sustain efforts in building transmission infrastructure in the country, just as he urged Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to work harder in injecting more resources and technical expertise to improve the supply of electricity to the citizenry.

President Buhari, stated this when he received a delegation of Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and chiefs led by Oba Ewuare II at the State House.

The President called on Nigerians to show more understanding with the DisCos and Federal Government, giving the assurance that more expertise and resources would be committed to improving electricity. He expressed that the supply of gas for transmission has improved overtime and with the collective effort of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Discos the power situation would be made better. “We are building infrastructure. We are doing our best, but, obviously, our best is not good enough yet,’’ he said

FG MOVES TO INCREASE REPRESENTATION ON THE BOARDS OF RESPECTIVE DISCOS

July 6, 2019

The Federal Government has moved to increase its representation on the Boards of the Discos from one to three.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head, Public Communications Unit of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, (BPE) Amina Tukur Othman at the end of a meeting of shareholders of the Discos summoned by the BPE, on 26th June 2019.

The Bureau, at the meeting reiterated the purpose of the reform and privatization in the Nigerian power sector to address efficiency gaps and attract much needed private sector capital and management into the power sector. This reform was expected to transform the sector to meet the country’s electricity demand.

Part of the requirements for the aforementioned reform was the entrenchment of a Corporate Governance structure, which provided for the Core Investor to have 6 (six) “A” Directors and the Bureau 1(one) “B” Director.  This was done to minimize the representation of the FGN on the Boards and to grant the Core Investors sufficient control of the management and operations of the Discos.

In view of the need to strengthen corporate governance of the companies, the FGN decided to increase its representation on the Boards by 2 (B Directors) given its 40% shareholding. The objective is to ensure transparency in their operations as well as improve their performance.

The Director General of the BPE stressed the point that this process has been on for a long while and the delay in implementation by the Discos was not acceptable to the FGN. Subsequently, all parties agreed to the proposal as it is in good faith to strengthen Corporate Governance of the companies.

It was agreed that all the activities outlined during the discussions which would formalize the increase in the FGN’s representation on the Boards of the Discos would be concluded and implemented on or before the 15th of July 2019.

HIGH VOLTAGE CAUSE SYSTEM COLLAPSE & REACTOR FIRE IN BENIN CITY

July 6, 2019

The Management of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, announced that the system collapse experienced on the National Grid on Sunday, 30th June, at 9.10am was due to high voltage following massive drop of load by the electricity distribution companies.

According to the release by the General Manager Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the high voltage also caused a fire incident in the 75MXreactor in the Benin Substation, Sapele Road in Benin City, Edo State.

The massive load drop led to high voltage in the system, which shattered the lightning arrester in close proximity to the 75MX Reactor in Benin Substation. The shattered lightning arrester porcelain hit the reactor bushing causing further explosion on the reactor resulting in fire outbreak. Restoration of the Grid commenced immediately and as at 1.30pm, bulk power supply to most parts of the nation had been restored.

The Management of TCN commends the efforts and support of the Government of Edo State and Benin Electricity Distribution Company as well as the Fire Service in putting out the fire and restoring normal power supply.

Meanwhile the Management has commenced the movement of another reactor to Benin City to replace the burnt reactor and ensure voltage stability in the City as well as prevent a re-occurrence.

Management would also ensure a review of the entire protection and earthing system nationwide. This is done in addition to the overall upgrading of the system through the TREP program being financed by multi-lateral donors.

The installation of 3 nos reactors on the Ikot- Ekpene- Ugwuaji –Jos line has reached an advanced stage. It is expected that once these three reactors are installed and commissioned, the grid would be further stabilized.

TCN Management wishes to assure Nigerians that it is doing everything possible to modernize, upgrade and stabilize the National Grid

AEDC RAISES COLLECTION TO N6BN, CAPTURES 1.1 CUSTOMERS

July 6, 2019

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has raised its monthly revenue collection for electricity supply to consumers from N2 billion when it took over in 2013 to N6bn so far.

The Managing Director, CEC Africa, the core investor in the Distribution Company (Disco), Engr. Emmanuel Katepa who disclosed this in an interview at the weekend also said a just concluded enumeration exercise shows the customer base has risen to 1.1 million from 650,000 customers at takeover.

Despite the liquidity challenges in the power sector and the poor payment of energy bills by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Katepa said: “AEDC has been able to improve its collection from the customers. It improved to N6bn since February. We hit that in December 2018 but had a dip in January but we have maintained it since then. That is far above the N2bn we were collecting when we took over.”

Katepa also spoke about the Integrated Communication and Market System (InCMS) which it launched this year to harmonise customer database for better service delivery. “We are doing this so that customers can have confidence to expose people in the field who exploit them in the name of AEDC”

He disclosed that AEDC would soon commence massive audit of homes and customer energy load to what size of transformers and other investments to make in its network across Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states.

Allaying fears on not metering the 1.1m customers, he said the Meter Assets Provider (MAP) contract that began in May targets 900,000 customers while AEDC has its obligation to meter the others.

On how it reduced the Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection (ATC&C) losses from 60% to 38% in 2019, Katepa said: “It is due to the collection efficiency that is improving and the more customers we have been able to capture.”

STAY AWAY FROM ELECTRIC POWER LINES WHENEVER IT IS RAINING - EEDC

June 28, 2019

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on Thursday, urged residents of the area to ‘‘stay away from power-lines whenever it is raining’’ to avoid electrocution.

The Company’s Head, Communication, Emeka Ezeh, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, pleading with parents and guardians to ensure that children do not play in flowing or flood water during rains.

According to him, the advice becomes necessary because water is a high electricity conductor. He called on residents to avoid getting close to 33 KVA lines, 11 KVA lines and lines with lower voltages in their neighborhoods or passage areas during rains.

According to him, the wires in these lines can snap and cut or at times, vehicles knock down the electric poles and the wire drop on the wet or flood floor or on running water as well, saying, ‘‘We are in the raining season and water is a conductor, that is why we are advising electricity users to stay away from power-lines whenever it is raining”. ‘‘Likewise, children that play under the rain,  should desist from doing that”.

‘‘There are situations where there would be incidents somewhere that the wires will snap or poles will fall on flood water or flowing water moving down a neighborhood. Once that flood or flowing water is in contact with that wire, the water carries the current (power) of that wires, and if anybody is caught by that water, that person will be electrocuted,’’ he warned.

Ezeh also cautioned on handling electrical appliances or switches with wet hands, adding that such negative practices could lead to electrocution as well. ‘‘It is, however, regrettable that with incident of electrocution, you still see people selling or out-rightly leaving in houses directly under these lines. “

KEDCO TO ENGAGE 5 FIRMS ON METERING SERVICE DELIVERY

June 28, 2019
Prepaid Electricity Meters

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) is to engage five vendors on metering service delivery with a view to bridging consumers’ electricity metering gap within its business jurisdiction.

A statement from the Company signed by its Head of Corporate Commission, Ibrahim Sani Shawai, indicated that the move was in line with directive by Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to enforce the provision of meters to all customers.

The statement indicated that the wide metering gap that remains a major challenge in Nigeria’s power sector would be closed within the next three years, with the effective implementation of the meter rollout plan by the Distribution Companies (Discos) under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme.

According to the statement, the five vendors are: Mojec International 175, 000 for Kano Central and East; Crest Hill Engineering Ltd 100, 000 for Katsina North and South; Armess Consulting Ltd 100, 000 for Kano Industrial Area and Jigawa South; Momas Electricity Meters 50, 000 for Kano West and Katsina Central and Meron Nigeria Ltd 50, 000 for Jigawa North. He said the meter vendors would start the sales and distribution of the meters as soon as KEDCO gets approval from NERC

    1, 000 ONDO COMMUNITIES TO GET ELECTRICITY AFTER 11 YEARS BLACKOUT

June 28, 2019
Niger Delta Power Holding Company 

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has said that about 1,000 communities in Ondo South Senatorial District would soon begin to enjoy electricity from the national grid after 11 years blackout.

Executive Director of NDPHC, Ife Oyedele made this known recently in Akure while addressing journalists, saying, “Under the previous governments, the six local government areas in Ondo South were left in complete darkness for eleven years. That means if a child is born in that area eleven years ago, he will never have seen power from the national grid other than that of the generator”.
 

“It was in realization of this that the Federal Government took a decision to power the said communities. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said repeatedly that he won’t allow any section of the country to be in darkness and that was why the Niger Delta Power Holding Company was directed to intervene."

Oyedele assured residents of the communities that power would be restored within the next two months, adding that NDPHC has realized that Ondo South is the major economic zone of the state.

GUIDELINE FOR CUSTOMERS REQUESTING  METERS

June 28, 2019
Prepaid Meter

In line with provisions of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Meter Asset Providers (MAP) Regulations, Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc. (AEDC) commenced the MAP meter roll – out on 1st May 2019, and all requests for meter installation and/ or replacement by customers are to be channeled through the MAP scheme, following the guidelines below for Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, for example:

* Go to AEDC’s official website (www.abujaelectricity.com) to initiate your request for a meter via the Getting Metered menu and the dropdown  Application Guide Menu .
Alternatively, you may opt for initiating the request at the AEDC Area Office where your property is situated and the Area Office will guide you through the meter application process.

* Fill in all necessary details

* Indicate your payment option (full or installment payment)

* AEDC will perform a site verification of your premises / apartment (s) to determine the type of meter that it requires.

* AEDC advises you via SMS or email to proceed with payment with a provision of the required payment instructions.

* You make the payment.

* The MAP meters your premises within ten (10) working days.

Please note further that the cost of meters is as follows:
Single phase meters – N36, 991.50 (Inclusive of VAT)
Three phase meters   - N67, 055.85 (Inclusive of VAT)

OSINBAJO REVEALS FG’S PLANS FOR THE POWER SECTOR

June 24, 2019

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Government is discussing with stakeholders on ways to restructure Nigeria’s power sector with a view to improving supply and attracting more investment to the country.

Osinbajo stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at a Breakfast Meeting of the Lagos Business School. He expressed the Federal Government’s commitment to creating “a willing buyer, willing seller” situation in the power sector market.

According to him, the old ways where Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) controlled territory that they could not service cannot continue, saying: “we really have to have a cost-effective tariff one way or the other”. “The way it has worked in the experiments we have seen and what we have done is, for example, what we call the energizing economies projects, where we have enabled private power suppliers in markets,” he said.

The Vice President noted that private power projects had been executed at the Sabon Gari Market in Kano, the Ariaria Market in Aba, the Sura Market in Lagos, and in Ondo State, where the arrangement enabled private power suppliers to provide power to shop owners and businesses at an agreed cost-effective tariff.

Osinbajo observed that the current regulatory framework of the power sector in the country had to take into consideration the effective model of power supply. “I think the current regulatory structure just has to accommodate the realities and we have got to make sure that we move ahead, otherwise we are going to have ourselves – as we are at the moment – regulating 4,000 megawatts of power for the next four years, which obviously is a disaster”. “We can’t sit here complaining about some people, who are complaining about power and saying we should cancel the licenses of people who are providing power”. “It’s not going to work.”

The Vice President further stated that the Federal Government was also working to attract more investment to the power sector. He pointed out that there were also plans to build up infrastructure in small, medium, and large industrial clusters already existing across Nigeria.

“The whole point is that we want to make sure that where we have existing economic clusters, we go in there to assist with power and other infrastructural needs that they may have there. “So, we are not necessarily creating new zones or new clusters, but building up those that we have so that they can be much more productive.”

NERC RANKS EKO DISCO BEST IN NIGERIA

June 24, 2019
Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), James Momoh

The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh, has commended the Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) ranking it the best-performed distribution company in Nigeria.

Momoh gave the commendation at the completion of the training programme for 100 newly employed graduates by the Company in Lagos, tasking them to be more committed, dedicated and focused in the course of their duties.

He said the DisCo has performed credibly well in discharging its statutory obligations towards effective electricity distribution to customers within its operational area.

He said the Company has attained 100 per cent customer complaint resolution, adding that part of the NERC scorecard indices used for the rating includes Aggregate Technical, Commercial and Collection (ATC&C) loss reduction, revenue collection and metering. Others are high voltage fault clearance index, remittance to Market Operator and remittance to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET).

NAPTIN COMMENDS FG’S SUPPORT IN TRANSFORMING VOCATIONAL SKILLS IN THE POWER SECTOR

June 24, 2019
From left Personal Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udeme Etukeyen, Representive of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Wokoma Okorie,   CEO NEMSA, Peter Ewesor, HRM of Power, Adesida Dafe, Member of NASS, Hon. (Comrade) Joseph Akinlaja, Ag. DG NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode,  Fmr. Minister of Power Chinedu Nebo, XEM Consultant, Eugenia Ndukwe,  Fmr. Member, House of Representatives Hon. Ekenem Asuquo at the 2019 Three - Day Stakeholders’ Forum for Technical Education and Development in the Power Sector, in Uyo,  Akwa Ibom State

The Ag. Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, has commended the Federal Government under the leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari in providing financial support to the Institute, under the AFD project to transform vocational skills in the Power Sector.

Nagode made the commendation in his welcome address at the Three - Day Stakeholders’ Forum for Technical Education and Development in the Power Sector, today in Uyo Akwa Ibom State. The theme of the Forum is: “The Role of Local Content and Legislative Support”.

Noting the importance of the Top Management Retreat initiated by the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN in ensuring synergy among Ministry, Departments and Agencies under the Power Sector,

He commended the efforts of the Management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), in collaborating with NAPTIN, to train a very large number of their staff.

He also observed the role of NEMSA and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in ensuring the standard and certification of certain critical trades, towards enhancing efficiency and productivity in the Sector.

While reiterating the importance of local content in providing jobs for the teeming Nigerian youths and growing our economy, Nagode emphasized the importance of legislative support by commending the efforts of the National Assembly in appropriating budgets for the stakeholders workshop and also encouraging the patronage of NAPTIN as a Centre of Excellence in building human skills capacity in the power sector.

AEDC DISTRIBUTES  50,000 PRE – PAID METERS IN NASSARAWA

June 24, 2019

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), said it has distributed about 50,000 prepaid electricity meters to its customers in Nasarawa State.

General Manager, Corporate Communication of the AEDC, Oyebode Fadipe, disclosed this to journalists recently at Mararaba, a suburb of Abuja, during the company’s Customer Consultative Forum for Nasarawa region.

He said: “The 50,000 prepaid electricity meters were issued to 50,000 customers out of the 200,000 customers of the AEDC in the Nasarawa region, leaving a balance of150,000.’’

He however disagreed with the perception that the prepaid electricity meters were purchased by the Federal Government and donated to electricity distribution companies in the country for onward distribution to consumers free. “The Federal Government does not fund AEDC, nor other electricity distribution companies in the country. The prepaid metering is strictly the responsibility of the electricity distribution companies in order to resolve the problem of power which lies on metering,” he said.

He also explained that AEDC takes customers engagement on a very serious note because without the customers, there would be no success in the activities of the electricity distribution company, adding that the metering of customers was a process that would be sustained.

He said: “Metering is an ongoing thing. Of course, we have not been able to cover all of them but that is the reason why this policy has come up; the policy of Meter Asset Provider.’’

GUIDANCE FOR CUSTOMERS REQUESTING FOR METERS

June 24, 2019
Prepaid Electricity Meters

In line with provisions of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Meter Asset Providers (MAP) Regulations, Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc. (AEDC) commenced the MAP meter roll – out on 1st May 2019, and all requests for meter installation and/ or replacement by customers are to be channeled through the MAP scheme, following the guidelines below for Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, for example:

Go to AEDC’s official website (www.abujaelectricity.com) to initiate your request for a meter via the Getting Metered menu and the dropdown  Application Guide Menu .
Alternatively, you may opt for initiating the request at the AEDC Area Office where your property is situated and the Area Office will guide you through the meter application process.

* Fill in all necessary details

* Indicate your payment option (full or installment payment)

* AEDC will perform a site verification of your premises / apartment (s) to determine the type of meter that it requires.

* AEDC advises you via SMS or email to proceed with payment with a provision of the required payment instructions.

* You make the payment.

* The MAP meters your premises within ten (10) working days.

Please note further that the cost of meters is as follows:
Single phase meters – N36, 991.50 (Inclusive of VAT)
Three phase meters   - N67, 055.85 (Inclusive of VAT)

FG PLANS REBATE FOR OWNER OCCUPIER TO PROMOTE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDINGS

June 10, 2019

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing,(Works & Housing Sector), Mohammed Bukar has disclosed that government would give rebate to Owners Occupier whose buildings are in conformity with the  Energy Efficiency Building Plan in Nigeria.

Making this disclosure at the meeting of Inter-Ministerial Team on Renewable Energy Efficiency buildings in Abuja recently, the Permanent Secretary, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Team, said that the rebate would be given to ensure that all buildings in Nigeria are Energy Efficiency Compliant. He further directed that all building projects in the Ministry must be in accordance to the specification under the Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC).

Bukar added that with the launch of BEEC in June 2017 by the immediate past Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, it was agreed that the BEEC would run for a two year Voluntary Stage, with the aim that awareness creation would be on going, during which the acceptability of the code and its implementation will be assessed.

The Permanent Secretary urged the stakeholders to brain storm and come up with measures that will promote an alternative means of energy that would result in job creation, business opportunities and economic growth.

He commended the effort of stakeholders and the technical partner, the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP)/German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the journey of ensuring implementation of BEEC in Nigeria, noting that it would be of enormous benefit to Nigerians.

According to him, “this puts  the programme of energy efficiency in buildings at an advantage in making a paradigm shift in our mode of design  and construction method in building and  construction industries. "As we fully embrace the implementation of BEEC in our new building projects design and construction, it will no doubt result in 40% reduction in energy consumed by these buildings if properly implemented."

The Permanent Secretary encouraged financial mechanism in making loans available with low interest rate and tax relief for those Energy Efficient related products which are required for Energy Efficient buildings, like water heaters, Solar PV, air-conditioners and others which would in no small measure aid the penetration of Energy efficiency advocacy and implementation.

The GIZ support partners expressed satisfaction at the level of awareness the programme has reached judging by the enthusiasm shown by the stakeholders in the implementation of the programme.

The Ministry in collaboration with the technical partners have come up with the adoption of BEEC in the three pilot states out of the 36 states of the federation, namely Lagos, Kaduna and Plateau states to kick start the process of making buildings in the country Energy Efficient

NERC VOWS TO CLOSE 5.046 METERING GAPS IN 3 YEARS

June 10, 2019
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

With the launch of Meter Assets Providers (MAP), Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), James Momoh has vowed to close the 5.046 million metering gap within three years.

Speaking in Lagos at the graduation of 38 first set of meter installers from MOMAS Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company (MEMMCOL) School, he noted that metering is of great concern to the Commission and the Federal Government.

Represented by the Deputy General Manager, Consumer Affairs, Shittu Shuaibu, the NERC Chairman said, “Data available to the Commission indicates that the present metering gap in Nigeria as at April 2019, is about 5.046 million when compared to total consumer of 8.840m, representing 57 per cent deficit in metering.

“This is a challenge and a marvelous opportunity. It is expected that the present metering gap would be closed within the next three years with the effective implementation of the Discos meter roll out plan under MAP scheme,” he said.

He lauded MEMMCOL for playing a key role in developing technological capacity and world class assembly and manufacturing plant for metering in Nigeria. He urged the graduates to be awake to the enormous responsibility in the sector.

Chairman MEMMCOL, Kola Balogun said the graduation was an attestation of its commitment to addressing the challenges confronting manpower deficiencies in the nation’s downstream electricity sector value chains.

“We make bold to say that we are the only indigenous meter manufacturing company that can boast of 100 per cent local content in the design and manufacturing of our world-class standard electricity meters of various types for the Nigerian market,” he said.

Balogun added that the training curriculum is richly designed to transform the life of the students and provides the necessary education for consumers for the sustainability of the sector

BENIN DISCO SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH FIVE FIRMS TO BRIDGE METERING GAP

June 10, 2019

Managing Director, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Funke Osibodu, in an interactive session recently with the media in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, has disclosed that the Company has signed agreements with five Meter Asset Provider (MAP) to address the metering gap in its coverage areas.

Osibodu listed the parties approved for the MAP scheme to include: G. Unit Engineering Ltd, Sebrud Consortium Nig. Ltd, Inlaks Power Solution Limited, FLT Energy Systems Ltd and Turbo Energy LTD, who are expected to fast track further metering penetration in the four States of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti  that constitute its area of coverage.

She solicited for the cooperation of electricity consumers in the ongoing enumeration exercise in its franchise states adding that the exercise was in compliance with the directive of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to all Discos towards improving accuracy in billing, improving quality of supply prompt response to fault and also ensure proper planning for network expansion.

The Managing Director encouraged customers to cooperate with the enumerators who had been going round various locations in the four states by responding promptly to requests for completion of enumeration forms with a passport photograph, a utility bill for postpaid customers and vending slip for prepaid customers, including mobile phone numbers and email address, which are all prerequisite for metering.

The BEDC boss also noted that within a period of six months, about 49 communities without power supply in their coverage areas had been connected to the national grid with another nine locations about to be connected, just as she identified vandalism of electrical equipment and molestation of BEDC staff as a major menace faced by the Company

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