Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) across the country on Tuesday began the implementation of a new electricity tariff regime.

In press statements issued on Monday, the distribution companies notified their customers of the commencement of the new charges.

Last week, PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) directed the DisCos to maintain a N4 tariff for all customers consuming less than 50kWh of energy per month.

NERC said the electricity tariff reviews will only follow service-based principles and prior consultation with customers.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by James Momoh, Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), under these service-based principles, DISCOs will only be able to increase tariff rates for customers when they consult with customers, commit to increasing the number of hours of supply per day and quality of service.

“In all cases, poor and vulnerable Nigerians will not experience any increase,” the statement said.

“In line with these expectations, DISCOs are directed to engage with their customers on a Service Based Tariff structure.”

New Tariff

In their statements on Monday, some of the DisCos said they would commence the implementation of the new tariff beginning from Tuesday.

In its statement on Monday, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said it had commenced the implementation of the new service reflective tariff plan (SRT) across its franchise area.

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