The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has been asked to fast track and simplify the licensing process for Eligible customers to buy and sell power.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Power Sector, Louis Edozien, gave this charge at a workshop on Eligible Customer Regulation, organized by the NERC on Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.
In his remarks, Edozien, decried the fact that though the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, in compliance with previsions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, issued directives to NERC which gave rise to the Eligible Customer Regulation in May, 2017, that none of the interested consumers and generation companies were yet to be issued licenses.
He further urged generation companies to more aggressively take advantage of the Regulation to sell the power they can generate, 2,000MW of which is now stranded, to Eligible customers who need it and are willing and able to pay for it.
Edozien imployed the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) not to relent in its sopport of the Regulation, by making targeted investments in the national grid as needed to service contracts with Gencos and Eligible customers to transmit the power.
He further encouraged distribution companies to embrace the policy, pointing out that if they were satisfying the needs of their consumers adequately, they would have no reason to generate the power by themselves or want to become Eligible Customers. By so doing, Discos can partner investors and generation companies to build new distribution infrastructure to serve specific paying customers better.
The Permanent Secretary used the occasion, which brought together consumers, generation companies, distribution companies and investors interested in taking advantage of the Regulation to enjoin dissatisfied consumers to take advantage of the customer care platforms all distribution companies have set up in compliance with the previous of their license, an escalate unresolved complaints to the NERC consumer forum offices, as provided for in the Regulations.
It was revealed that forty-four expressions of interest with a total demand for 600 MW from underserved and unserved consumers who wish to become Eligible Customers had been received. 14 of this have submitted license application to NERC, two of which have fulfilled all NERC’s conditions and expected to be licensed soon.
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