NERC Says Capping Estimated Billing Is To Protect Power Consumers

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) stated that the federal government introduced the capping order on estimated billing for unmetered customers to ensure fairness and parity with their metered counterparts. Commissioner in charge of Legal, Licensing and Compliance.

Mr Dafe Akpeneye, said at a web conference organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that since the Discos failed in their responsibility to meter customers, the only option was to resort to estimation.

However, Akpeneye described the development as temporary, noting that no customer should pay more than their metered neighbours in the same vicinity and under a similar classification. He said:

“The issue of estimated billing came about as a bridge to manage the interests of the utilities’ interest of providing power and the customers’ interest of paying for power. “Under an ideal situation, the meter is an assurance that the utility should get paid for what it delivers and the customer pays for what he consumes.

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