The Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC), South-East zone, Monday, said it has commenced the implementation of the new service reflective tariff in the country which was effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
This was disclosed by the Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh. Ezeh according to Vanguard.
The implementation is in compliance with the Order by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) dated 27th August 2020.
Ezeh said that the new tariff will be based on daily hours of electricity consumption and will not apply to customers with less than 12 hours of daily electricity supply.
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According to him, “In the new tariff Order, customers are classified into three major clusters, namely: Non-MD, MD-1 and MD-2.
“In the same vein, five distinctive bands (A-E) has been created to reflect the various service levels and minimum hours of power supply, a situation where a blanket tariff no longer applies to all category of customers.
“For instance, customers in-
- “Band A” are to enjoy daily minimum supply of 20 hours,
- “Band B” minimum of 16 hours
- “Band C” minimum of 12 hours
- “Band D” minimum of 8 hours,
- “Band E” are expected to enjoy minimum daily supply of 4 hours.
“The impact of the reviewed tariff will only apply to customers in Bands A, B and C; while the tariff for customers in Bands D and E remains frozen until their service quality is improved upon he said.
“It is only then that they will be migrated to the Band that suits their supply availability he added.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Monday, 7 September 2020 said, “Under this new arrangement, only customers with guaranteed minimum of 12 hours of electricity can have their tariffs adjusted. Those who get less than 12 hours supply will experience no increase. This is the largest group of customers”
Under this new arrangement, only customers with guaranteed minimum of 12 hours of electricity can have their tariffs adjusted. Those who get less than 12 hours supply will experience no increase. This is the largest group of customers.
— Fed Min of Info & Cu (@FMICNigeria) September 7, 2020
For Postpaid customers, the impact of the new tariff will reflect in their October bill which is for energy consumed in the month of September, while it will impact on prepaid customers as they purchase their token according to Vanguard.