ELECTRICITY Distribution Companies (DisCos) in the country have approached the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for tariff increase, according to a statement by the regulator, yesterday. According to the statement, the 11 DisCos application is hinged on the need to ensure the electricity rate is in sync with current macroeconomic dynamics.
In the statement which reads in part, the regulator said, “Pursuant to Section 116 (1) and 2(a&b) of the Electricity Act 2023 and other extant rules, the eleven (11) successor electricity distribution companies (DisCos) have filed an application for rate review with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (“NERC” or the “Commission”).
“The request for rate review is premised on the need to incorporate changes in macroeconomic parameters and other factors affecting the quality of service, operations and sustainability of the companies.”
NERC also used the medium to call on members of the public and stakeholders to add their comments to the rate review applications filed by the DisCos.
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“Accordingly, the Commission hereby invites the general public for comments on the rate review applications by the distribution licensees.
“Interested stakeholders are advised to review and take into consideration the excerpts of the Rate Review Applications filed with the Commission by the respective licensees. The applications can be accessed on the Commission’s website at www.nerc.gov.ng.”
Besides, the Commission said it will conduct a rate case hearing and extend participation to members of the public who are interested.
“As part of the rule-making process and in the exercise of the powers conferred by the Electricity Act, the Commission shall conduct a Rate Case Hearing on the applications prior to making a ruling.
“Any person wishing to participate in the proceedings as an intervenor should forward his/her application to email@example.com before the close of business on 20th July 2023.”
Since last month, the agitation for an increase in electricity tariff by 40 percent effective July 1, 2023 had rented the air. Discos like the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) have announced an increase before backtracking.
The NERC also revealed that the proposed plan was awaiting approval from the President before execution.
The hike, according to the Commission, was in response to the surge in the pump price of petrol occasioned by the removal of subsidy.