NERC, CPC TO ENFORCE METERING OF POWER CONSUMERS

 NERC, CPC TO ENFORCE METERING OF POWER CONSUMERS

The Consumer Protection Council and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has agreed to enforce the mandatory 60-day order to electricity distribution companies to either meter or stop billing their customers under the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation scheme.
NERC had, in its recent directive to the companies, directed that any customer who elected to procure meters under the CAPMI scheme must be metered within 60 days.
It said any distribution company that failed to achieve this would lose the power to bill or disconnect electricity supply to such customers.
The CPC said in a statement that in order to effectively enforce the directive, it and NERC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding that would ensure conducive environment for consumers and investors in the sector.
The Director-General, CPC, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, said that consumers should not be made to bear the brunt of non-metering for so long even after making payment.
The Acting Chairman of NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, said in the statement that the collaboration with the CPC was a step in the right direction.
Akah noted that NERC was determined to intensify the enforcement of consumer protection regulations on metering, billing and the complaints of arbitrary and estimated billing by customers.
Akah pointed out that the commission would ensure strict adherence to the meter roll-out plan by the Discos as spelt out in their performance agreements.

LTV

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