NERC launches app to monitor electricity tariff

The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has launched an app that aims to monitor the compliance of Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) with regulated tariffs.

 During the launch of the Power Outage Reporting System (PORS) App in Abuja, the chairman of NERC, Sanusi Garba, announced that the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company would serve as a pilot project for the app.

He said  that the app was designed for cross-working data for the purpose of Supply Based Tariff (SBT).

He said: “This particular app we are launching today is supposed to assist the commission in monitoring that DisCos are actually complying with the tariff that was set with that regulation.”

Garba also said that one of the major roles of NERC is quality supply regulation which, according to him, led to its recent launch of a new consumer protection regulation that provides a timeline within which public utilities and especially DisCos are required to resolve complaints by the customers.

The chairman disclosed that consequently, NERC decided it is better to put smart meters on one feeder for accurate data or near real-time data.

According to him, the commission has discovered that the DisCos are actually complying with the obligation in real time.

He added that the app was launched to assist customers in giving feedback on the disruption of supply in the areas to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

 The chairman said the app which the customers are expected to download from the Google Play Store “is supposed to help customers to report disruption of supply in their areas.”

He added that the app has become necessary because some customers are tired of being in the customer care of the DisCos when they are in blackout for days.

The chairman said although the app commenced as a pilot project with the AEDC, the commission will soon roll it out to other energy distributors in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

He said: “We decided to start this launch with Abuja and there will be a national rollout for other distribution companies.

“AEDC today is like a guinea pig for the app but we will quickly expedite other distribution companies.”

He encouraged the customers to download the app, stressing all they need is their meter number.

The chairman said with a click of a button the customers can report about supply for someone in the commission to attend to it.

He urged the DisCos whose source of money is from supply to the customers to see the report from customers as instruction for disruption which could affect their collections.

Also, speaking, NERC vice chairman, Musliu Oseni, noted that the commission is working on the establishment of contact centres.

He vowed that NERC will continue to improve its regulation of the industry.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Hajia Aisha Mahmud, noted that the app is to ensure customers are satisfied and get value for their money.

According to her, the app will assist NERC to monitor Supply Based Tariffs (SBT).

She said: ”If you have a complaint on any outage there are multiple channels to report outage.”

Meanwhile, AEDC MD, Christopher Ezeafulukwe described feedback for the Disco as the raw materials it needs to provide the services that it is contracted to supply.

He noted that the app is a product of collaboration, which implies it is going to be a win-win for all.

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