INTERVIEW: We’re not cause of poor power supply to Kogi, four others, says AEDC

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Question one: Why the hike in tariff, how much does Abuja Disco charge per unit?

Answer: As you are probably aware, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC ) does not have the power to fix and review tariffs. The body statutorily mandated to fix and review tariffs in the Nigeria Electricity Industry is the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The recent review of estimated billing by the company was done
in strict compliance with the estimated methodology prescribed by the NERC.

Question two: How do you determine the units of people without meter?

Answer: As indicated in the answer to your first question, the estimated billing is done in line with the methodology prescribed by NERC. However, if you still require details, you may need to give me more time to consult with our billing unit.

Question three: There is the insinuation that your company make more money under estimated billings, hence the reason for non supply of meter?

Answer: This is untrue. A survey carried out by the AEDC revealed that only about 70% of the electricity supplied to the Company by the Market Operator is being billed, and most of the unbilled energy is consumed by customers who are unmetered. Meanwhile, the Company wishes to reiterate its commitment to the metering of its customers through its annual 100,000 meter roll out plan scheduled for commencement this year, but advises customers to also take advantage of the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) initiated by the NERC to acquire meters for their homes and offices.

Question four: The four hours rationing in Lokoja is no longer tenable, why?

Answer: It is not the wish of AEDC to ration electricity in its coverage area. This situation is however necessitated by the low volume of energy available for distribution, not only within the Company’s coverage area-FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states- but also nationwide. It is imperative to point out that AEDC is being allocated 11.5% of total energy available daily for distribution to customers nationwide. This volume, which reaches 450 mega watts (MW) even at peak generation periods, is insufficient to meet the demands of the Company’s customers in FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states. The AEDC is however optimizing its load-shedding to address part of the problem in the short term. In the medium to long terms, the Company is confident that the government’s transformation plans would
lead to actively increased levels of generation to meet the needs of electricity customers nationwide. Besides, Abuja Disco is also aggressively exploring methods of embedded generation within its network coverage area, to augment power supply from the national grid.

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