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Electricity consumers will pay only efficient tariff - NERC

The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi, has said that the Commission will ensure electricity customers pay only an efficient tariff.   

Amadi said this as he gave insight into the removal of technical losses as a component of tariff chargeable by electricity distribution companies while receiving a three-man of delegation of the European Union.   The Commission earlier in the year put collection loss at zero value unless a distribution company make case for its justification.

He said that the Commission questioned the framework that led to huge collection losses passed to electricity consumers and kicked against it because it was against international best practice and encouraged lack of performance on the part of the distribution companies.

‘’We want a transparent, participatory and cost reflective tariff. We have outsourced the tariff making process to the distribution companies and provided them strict guidelines. The regulatory question is about what should be passed to the consumers. 

“One school of thought is legalism and another is about what is right.  So essentially, we ruled out collection losses and put it at zero,’’ Amadi said, adding that electricity distribution companies must consult with the consumers before it can approach the Commission for tariff review.

He informed the visitors that as part of Commission’s drive to enhance electricity supply, it has been advocating embedded generation, which is already yielding fruits.

According to him, ‘’The process of improving power supply lies with embedded generation. For now, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company is making progress and other distribution companies would soon follow suit.”

Amadi explained that the industry is between 80 and 85 per cent gas dependant but that gas pipeline vandalism has remained a big challenge. He enthused that the East West gas pipeline if completed on schedule by 2016 would open the door for massive gas supply.

According to him, the problem of gas shortage is affecting revenue flow and it if could be resolved the issue of cost reflective tariff would be easily resolved. In his words, “Non-commerciality of gas is a major constraint to gas supply as  some of the generators are unable to sign gas contract that should provide then guaranteed supply’’. 

He concluded that capacity constraint has remained a major challenge at the transmission level but that the completion of some of the 118 projects listed last year by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) would assist in removing the bottlenecks.

The visiting EU team, whose mission is to investigate how best to assist Nigerians get access to electricity revealed its interest was in the North East as leader of the delegation, David Cameron said, EU has conducted a feasibility study on embedded generation using solar panel in the North East.

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NERC laments public misunderstanding of the power industry

Chairman and Chief Executive of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr Sam Amadi,  has described as regrettable public misunderstanding of the electricity industry, with people preferring to cast aspersions on the sector without regards cause of hiccups in the value chain of electricity service delivery.

He made the observation when a team of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, led by the Deputy Director Programs of the FRCN, Mohammed Bawa, received on behalf of their management from  the Commission;  donations of  two desktops  computers for their library.

He said the recent strike action by oil workers that had led to several hangs-outs including shortage of gas to the electricity operators which resulted in drop in electricity supply, which some people just had assumed was as a result of system collapse.

He said ‘’ If people didn’t know what happened, they will assume that the system had collapsed.  The public should separate temporal set-backs about the sector from system collapse’’.

In the light of this, he urged the FRCN officials to continue to be a catalyst on nation development by using the station to educate Nigerians on the sector. According to him, radio remains the most public oriented channel for widespread communication in Nigeria today; hence the Commission is happy to partner the organisation.

Leader of the team, Mohammed Bawa, who applauded the Commission’s gesture, said it knew it was making the right move when it sought the Commission’s assistance for its library upgrade. He said NERC has made its mark as the first and only organisation that has so far responded to its request.

‘’ When we took the decision to upgrade our library, we knew we could not do it alone due to paucity of funds, so we took this initiative to seek your assistance.  We are gratified by your response even though it was on short notice’’ he said.

Both NERC and FRCN have agreed to work together for the development of the economy. 

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NERC organise workshop for appointed technical inspectors

The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr Sam Amadi, has said that the Commission is given its technical regulation function the needed impetus.   ‘’Inspection is an important function that clearly defines the work of the regulator’’. Amadi said this at the opening of a workshop for technical inspectors; whose duty is to use their technical capability to inspect industry facilities and advise the Commission appropriately for better regulation of the sector.

He said that there is a line between economic and technical regulation. ‘Certain economic regulation would rely on data obtained from technical regulation’’ stating that the 2001 National Power Policy ascribes the Commission the authority for economic and technical regulations.

The Commission approved the appointment of the Inspectors to provide support in inspections, testing, and certification and accident investigations of electric power infrastructure in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, in line with the provision of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act.

At the workshop, a consultant  with the Engineering Division from the Nigeria Infrastructural Advisory Fund, Engineer Bill Slegg, pointed out as a necessary aspect of the inspectors, to have the right clothing for inspections for credibility purpose. 

Bill outlined the current position of the industry as funding challenge, force majeure and energy availability.  He emphasised the need for collaborative effort to work on a time bounded improvement.

There are ten firm of Inspectors  appointed on 10TH June, 2014. The highlight of the workshop was a clause by clause deliberation on the draft contract between the Commission and the inspectors, which also serves as the TOR.  


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