Unmetered light consumer should not be charge more than N1,872, NERC charge DISCOs

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Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has order DISCO not to charge light consumer above N1,872 per month until meter is installed for them.

The commission said that the directives is to guide against high estimated billing by distribution companies to the consumers.

The commission also abolished Estimated Billing Methodology Regulation, said it no longer be applied to unmetered customers.

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NERC disclosed this in its order on the capping of estimated bills in the Nigerian electricity supply industry, which it said took effect from February 20, 2020.

The commission said all unmetered R2 and C1 customers should not be invoiced for the consumption of energy beyond the cap stipulated by it.


R2 customers are residential customers, who consume more than 50 kilowatt-hour in a month (single phase and three-phase), while C1 customers are small businesses (single and three-phase).

“A consumer of XYZ Disco resident in White Acre under R2 (single phase) tariff class has an energy cap of 78 kilowatt-hour per month and a tariff of N42 per kilowatt-hour. The maximum that XYZ Disco can invoice such a customer is 78kWhr x N24/kWhr = N1,872 per month.

“The customer shall remain connected to supply without further payment to the Discos until a meter is installed on the premises under the framework of MAP Regulations or any other financing arrangement approved by the commission,” NERC said.

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