New Electricity Tariff ’ll Benefit Customers-PHED

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The Port Harcourt Electric
ity Distribution Company (PHED) says the new tariff regime approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) to commence  1st  of February  would be of immense  benefit to customers.
The Manager, Corporate Communications of the firm,  Mr. Jonah Iboma, who made the statement on Monday in Port Harcourt, explained that the new tariff would address issues usually raised by customers on fixed charges, high electricity bills and meter provision.
Iboma explained further that the removal by the regulatory body of fixed charges hitherto paid by various categories of customers, means that electricity users are now at liberty to determine their actual consumption.
According to him’’ under the new regime, the fixed charge component of the tariff has been rebalanced to reflect the wishes of stakeholders in the industry.
‘’Under the new tariff approved by NERC, single phase residential customers would now pay N24.91 per unit with no fixed charge, as against N15.09 per unit plus the N700 fixed charge. Rural customers (those who consume less than 50Kw/h every month) also known as R1, have their tariff unchanged at N4.00. In addition, commercial customers classified as C1, C2 and C3, would now pay an all-inclusive charge of N35.88, N43.72 and N44.30; while industrial customers classified as D1, D2 and D3 pay an all-inclusive charge of 36.19, 44.01 and 44.59 per unit’’, he said.
Iboma noted that NERC’s decision on the new tariff is based on  a 10-year tariff plan submitted by electricity distribution companies in the country after due consultations with stakeholders that was carried out between July and September 2015.
He informed that some of the stakeholders that made contributions to the new tariff were residential, commercial and industrial customers, civil society  groups and non-governmental organizations.
“Between July and September 2015, we went round the four states of our licensed area of coverage, consulting and discussing the tariff, after which a report was submitted to NERC based on the positions and findings from the stakeholders”.
He further stated that many variables were also considered by NERC in arriving at the new tariff and they included foreign exchange rate, gas prices, rate of inflation and generation capacity, in addition to increase in the generation and transmission charges.
The company spokesman explained further that the new tariffs and the resulting revenue will help to progress the necessary infrastructural improvement from generation to transmission and the local distribution networks like PHED, stressing that the ultimate goal is to provide the electricity infrastructure to power Nigeria’s future.