Electricity Tariff: There will Be no Increase without Consultation, Says NERC

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said there will be no increase in electricity tariff without consultations.

The Chairman of NERC, Prof. James Momoh, who said this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, added that what the commission has done is a tariff review which is usually done twice a year.

NERC had on Saturday published new tariffs for the different DisCos and categories of customers on its website, which was signed by its chairman, Momoh, and Secretary, Dafe Akpeneye, respectively.

The commission said that the order superseded the earlier one issued on the subject matter, and “the new tariff regime takes effect from January 1, 2020’’.

NERC noted that the order had taken into consideration other actual changes in relevant macroeconomic variables and available generation capacity as at October 31, 2019.

The commission said the order was in line with updating of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) operating -2015 Tariff Order for 2019.

According to NERC, this is in line with the provisions of the amended MYTO methodology.

“Projections are made for the variables for year 2020 and beyond based on the best available information.

“The commission, however, based adjustments in the tariff on the relevant data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) such as average monthly inflation rate of 11.3 per cent, exchange rate of N309.97,’’ the commission said.

It said that projections are made for the variables for 2020 and beyond based on the best available information

The commission, however, based adjustments in the tariff on the relevant data it obtained from the CBN and NBS such as average monthly inflation rate of 11.3 per cent, exchange rate of N309.97.

It also added that it obtained its data on inflation rate from the U.S. inflation which projected 1.8 per cent for the period of January to October 2019.

According to the commission, the price of gas, which is one of the MYTO variables at $2.50 per MMBTU and its transportation is $0.08 per MMBTU.

It said that the first minor review of the MYTO was done in June 2019, and “the review we are trying to do in January’’.

“We have done the review and is subject to public consultation and in the next three months, the entire commissioners and myself will be running from place to place to inform Nigerians for consultation.

“We have done our review and we have given a report card of what we saw on all the indices of doing a review. We have not said it is binding tomorrow morning, so we have to do the next thing which is consultation.

“The order is simply an indication of what we have done as a regulator on what it takes to increase or decrease tariff, if at the end of our meeting back and forth, we said no increase and if there is increase it will be based on engagement at the public forum,’’ Momoh said.

In another development, the NERC chairman said that the commission in collaboration with Howard University, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S would be organising an international conference on Power System Operations and Planning (ICESOP) 2020.

He said that the conference, which is scheduled to hold from January 20 to 23 has as its theme: “Empowering Micro Grid with Smart Grid Attribute to Development’’.

“The conference, a bi-annual event that was first held in 1992 in Nigeria, would focus on challenges in the power sector across the world. (NAN)