Power distributors that fail to supply the required quantum of electricity under the new service reflective tariff regime will compensate the affected consumers for defaulting in service delivery.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, all Discos committed to delivering agreed quantum of power to customers in various categories beginning from September 1, 2020 when the new service reflective tariff regime started.
It was also gathered that the NERC would start monitoring the Discos on a monthly basis to ensure compliance by the power firms in terms of meeting the agreement.
The Vice Chairman, NERC, who doubles as commissioner at the commission, Sanusi Garba, told our correspondent in Abuja that the regulator had deployed a mechanism to monitor the Discos.
He said the service reflective tariff, which took effect on September 1, 2020, before it was suspended for 14 days after an agreement between the Federal Government and labour unions, would ensure that customers of distribution companies paid for what they consumed.
He said, “The commission has come forward to say tariffs will be service based, meaning that you will pay your rates in correlation with the level of service you get.
“Now, obviously the commission has its own mechanism for monitoring the performance of the Discos. This is because if a Disco says you are in Band C, it means the Disco is committed to giving you between 12 to 16 hours as minimum.”
Garba added, “So the role of the commission is to monitor and at the end of the month to determine which Disco has complied with their service commitment or not.
“And consumers will be compensated for failure to deliver on that service. We do not expect consumers to start putting gadgets to monitor electricity.”
He explained that the monitoring was on the basis of clusters, as the commission would monitor all consumers in a particular area, for instance, those on Bands A, B or C.More in Home
“Then the commission now determines whether the Disco has complied or not,” Garba stated.
He said the NERC would not expect consumers to be the ones to monitor compliance by Discos.