Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is an independent body, established by the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 to undertake technical and economic regulation of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry. The Commission is to, among others license operators, determine operating codes and standards, establish customer rights and obligations and set cost reflective industry tariffs. The Commission has its head quarters in Abuja, and has currently six zonal offices in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Since inception, NERC has recorded significant achievements including the expansion of capacity and network by the issuance of licences for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as the development of industry codes and standards, market rules and a multi-year tariff order. In addition, the Commission has issued various regulations and orders that have created an attractive and stable electricity market in Nigeria.

These achievements have been made possible by ensuring that market transactions are rule based and regulatory interventions are preceded by robust consultative and stakeholder engagement processes to ensure transparency, fairness and accountability.

These qualities of transparency, fairness and accountability are critical to NERC as an independent regulator. The EPSR Act was thorough in ensuring this independence.

By the provision of the Act, the Commission has the right to approve appropriate salaries for the Commissioners after due consideration of the recommendations of the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission. The ultimate authority is that of NERC. it is in pursuance of the Act that the pioneer Commissioners approved the salaries and allowances of staff and themselves.

The Commission believes deeply in the value that its regulatory independence creates for an electricity market that can only thrive in an environment of certainty. To this end, with the benefit of the laws of independence enshrined in its Act, and by recognising that regulatory independence also coexists with respectful interdependence. As the market develops, it is hoped that the Commission can fully remove itself from government funding. In the meantime, we will continue to emphasize on rule based processes, transparency, fairness and continuous consultation.


The Commission makes Regulations prescribing all matters which are required  or necessary to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005.

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Standards, Manuals & Codes

The Commission has developed and approved Standards, Manuals & Codes for the

Nigerian Electricity Industry which will be binding on applicable licencees.

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