Abuja Disco Backs Removal of Electricity Fixed Charge

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Ahmed Shekarau

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THE Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, has expressed its support for the recent removal of fixed charges on electricity rates to consumers by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. The AEDC supports the removal of the fixed charges for all classes of customers by the NERC under the new electricity tariff regime it unveiled.

A statement signed by Ahmed Shekarau, head of Public Communication, AEDC, said that the company was also committed to its new mass metering project, which it started a few weeks ago with a pilot scheme in Niger State. According to the Disco, the ongoing mass metering pilot scheme would enable it to assess all challenges involved for it to set up a more robust way of deploying new meters across its coverage area of Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger States.

It stressed that the overall plan is to have all its customers metered within four to five years. The Disco also explained that since its investment in the mass metering project has been captured in the new tariff regime approved by NERC, it will begin to roll out en masse across its entire franchise area after it has assessed the performance of the smart meters being installed in the pilot scheme in Niger.

To facilitate the mass metering project, the Disco said an enumeration of its customers’ base will commence early in 2016 as it hopes to obtain vital information for the deployment of meters to its customers in the metering programme. Besides, AEDC also reassured electricity consumers under its franchise of its renewed commitment to rapid improvement in the quality of its services to them.

This is in line with the performance agreements it signed during the bid process for the distribution asset. The AEDC said that in committing to fulfil the other obligations placed on it by the new tariff regime, it hopes to increase the amount and quality of electricity services it renders to its customers. According to the AEDC, its investment of more than N2 billion in network improvement is aimed at raising its level of the investment in the network to ensure better customer services across the coverage areas.

— Jan 18, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT

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