The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has procured 30, 000 prepaid meters for free distribution and installation for electricity consumers within its jurisdiction.
This is part of the processes aimed at achieving its place planned mass metering of over 100,000 customers within five years.
Already the AEDC said it had since December, last year, installed 88,000 meters and is currently in the process of taking delivery of 60,000 meters also for distribution.
In a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity, Ahmed Shekarau, the AEDC maintained the current estimated billing being experienced by unmetered customers are being done in line with the directive and regulations of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
According to him, “For the records, we wish to clarify that at takeover in November 2013,
more than half of our customers have no meters. As a result, therefore, customers who do not have meters are billed through estimation.
“The estimated billing is done through a methodology
designed and approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory
However, he said that the AEDC recognized the need to provide all our customers with meters, which enables them to reduce the collection losses incurred as a Company.
AEDC cited that despite facing huge liquidity challenges which adversely affected the
entire power sector due to non-cost reflective tariff, it had been able to launch its mass metering programme in December last year.
“And so far, we have installed over 88,000 meters for our customers and have got delivery of 30,000 more meters which we are installing, just
as we are currently in the process of procuring additional 60,000 meters to complement our planned mass metering of at least 100,000 customers every year over a period of five years, free of charge”, he said.
Further, it disclosed that since takeover, it has not billed customers beyond 80 percent of the electricity supplied by the Market Operator.
AEDC cited that from
January to December, 2015, it received 3578Gwh of electricity but the
energy billed within the same period was 2865Gwh, thereby showing a billing efficiency of 80 percent.
Also in 2016, AEDC received 3229Gwh of energy
and only billed for 2511Gwh, thus showing a billing efficiency of 78 percent while from January to April, 2017 it received 1095Gwh and billed for 846.7Gwh, thus showing 77 percent billing efficiency.