EEDC to commence implementation of NERC’s order on capping of estimated bill from April

Posted by News Express | 18 March 2020 | 541 times

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) will commence the capping of estimated bill as from April.

It disclosed that this is in line with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) order on capping of estimated bill which is expected to reflect in the April 2020 energy bill.

This is because energy consumed in the month of March will only reflect in April energy bill, which is in line with the billing cycle.

This was disclosed by the Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, during a chat with newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday.

According to Ezeh, EEDC has already initiated all necessary arrangement to ensure the smooth implementation of this directive.

Customers who have received their March bill, which is for energy consumed in the month of February, are encouraged to pay their current energy bills in full, as well as their outstanding arrears.

It will be recalled that on February 20, 2020, NERC issued an Order capping estimated billing which repealed the Estimated Billing Methodology as a basis for computing the consumption of unmetered customers.

Reacting to the information making the rounds that the distribution companies were directed by NERC not to bill the unmetered customers anything above N1,800, Ezeh debunked the claim, stating that in the Order issued by the regulator, it provided thresholds which the distribution companies are expected to use in billing unmetered customers within their respective network.

“It is also important to note that these thresholds are not uniformed, as there are variations,” Ezeh emphasised. 

He used the opportunity to encourage the unmetered customers within the EEDC network to take advantage of the ongoing Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme to procure their smart prepaid meters.

MAP is a metering programme designed and approved by the Federal Government and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to close the inherited metering gap in the sector.

Source: News Express

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