*NO METER, NO PAYMENT OF ELECTRICITY BILL BY APRIL 2020. * Daily Law Tips (Tip 527) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

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Following the recent order from Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) dated 20 February 2020, there is a new deadline for electricity customers to be metered by DISCOs latest by April 2020 or such electricity customers will not be liable to pay any estimated bill issued by any DISCO and cannot be disconnected from electricity supply.

Specifically, by “ORDER ON THE CAPPING OF ESTIMATED BILLS IN THE NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY, 2020” issued by NERC, signed on 20 February 2020, NERC, mandates DISCOs to identify and meter all electricity users before 30 April 2020. While energy cap has been prescribed for low tariff customers of R2 and C1 classes, all other higher tariff customers are not to pay electricity bill once they are not metered by their DISCOs by 30 April 2020. Such customers of higher tariff classes must remain connected to electricity supply even without payment until a meter is installed on their property by DISCO/MAP.

The above stated order of NERC repealed NERC’s (Methodology for Estimated Billing) Regulations 2012, thereby abolishing estimated billing of electricity customers in any part of Nigeria. It also set the maximum fee that any unmetered user can be charged in any part of Nigeria, monthly.

The said Order from NERC applies and binds all the electricity Distribution Companies in Nigeria. The distribution companies in Nigeria, are;

Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC),

Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC), Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDC), Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC), Ibadan Electricity Distribution Plc (IBEDC), Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), Jos Electricity Distribution Plc (JEDC), Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc (KNEDC), Kano Electricity Distribution Plc (KEDC), Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc (PHEDC) and Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc (YEDC).

My authority is NERC’s ORDER ON THE CAPPING OF ESTIMATED BILLS IN THE NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY, 2020. This order was also published on pages 20 and 21 of ThisDay Newspaper on Tuesday 3 March 2020. A copy can be downloaded above cited authority can be downloaded via the link below.

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