Prepaid Meters: Long Wait May Be Over, No More Service Charge
Have you ever heard of MAP. Not Google map.
MAP is an acronym for Metre Asset Providers.
It is a new creation by the government to solve the problem of estimated billing.
Since electricity distribution companies have failed to provide prepaid metres, government has decided to licence individual businesses to install sell and install prepaid metres.
The government agency in charge, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC is implementing this metering measure through Metre Asset Providers Regulation 2018 and its enforcement will start April 3.
Under the new arrangement, Meter asset providers are expected to supply and install meters on the premises of electricity customers who choose the option of paying for the meters within 10 working days.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission stated this in the newly released Meter Asset Providers Regulation 2018, which seeks to bridge the metering gap in the nation’s electricity supply industry.
NERC said it would commence the enforcement of the provisions of the regulation on April 3, 2018.
It said, “Where a customer elects to pay for a meter asset upfront under this regulation, such a customer shall not be liable for the payment of metering service charge through the distribution licensee.”
The regulator said the amount payable to a MAP by a customer electing to pay upfront would be the efficient cost of the meter asset and its installation cost as determined by the procurement process for the MAP, conducted by the distribution licensee.
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