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AEDC Backs NERC Over New Electricity Tariff

* Promises Mass Metering, Improved Services

Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) yesterday threw its weight behind the recent electricity tariff regime by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The Disco, which also endorsed the removal of fixed charges for all classes of customers by the Commission, however, reiterated commitment to its mass metering project.

The UNION reports that the metering project commenced a few weeks ago with a pilot scheme in Niger Region of the Company.

According to an official emailed statement, the ongoing pilot scheme would enable the Company to assess all challenges involved for it to evolve a more robust way of deploying the new meters across its coverage areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.

It explained that the overall plan is to have all its customers metered within four to five years.

AEDC further assumed that it will begin to roll out en masse across its entire franchise areas, after it has assessed the performance of the smart meters currently being installed in the pilot scheme since its investment in the metering project has been captured in the new tariff regime.

To facilitate the mass metering project, AEDC said that customer enumeration will commence early next year in order to obtain vital information that will be fed into each customer’s metering programme.

Besides, the Company also reassured electricity consumers under its franchise of its renewed commitment to rapid improvement in the quality of its services to them, in line with the performance agreements it endorsed during the bid process.

AEDC also pledged its commitment to fulfilling other obligations placed on it by the New Tariff Order so as to increase the amount and quality of supply to its customers.

The Company, which recently announced an investment of over N2 billion in network improvement, said that it is working very hard to raise the level of the investment so as to ensure better customer services across the coverage area.

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