NERC Shortens Authorised Meter Providers to 23
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has reduced the number of companies licenced to provide meters to Nigerians under the Meters Asset Providers (MAP) programme to 23.
The agency, in its updated list, shortened the number of firms for the mass metering scheme from about 100 and explained that the decision was to enable controlled regulation of electricity meter distribution in the country.
Meter providers authorised to now supply meters to energy consumers in the country are: Mojec Asset Management Company Limited, Turbo Energy Limited, Meron Nigeria Limited, FLT Energy Systems Limited, G-Unit Engineering Limited, Inlaks Power Solution, Sabrud Consortium Nigeria Limited, Armese Consulting Limited, Bendoricks International Limited, and CIG Metering Assets Nigeria Limited.
Others are; Gospell Digital Technology Limited, Integrated Resources Limited, Protogy Global Services Limited, CWG Plc., Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), New Hampshire Capital Limited, Tinuten Nig Limited, Beacon Power Services Limited, Triple Seventh Nigeria Limited, CrestHill Engineering Limited, Holley Metering Limited, Chris Ejik International Agencies Limited, and Ziklagsis Networks Limited.
Following efforts to enable more efficient meter deployment and close the metering gap, the electricity regulatory body issued the MAP Regulation in 2018.
The MAP programme represents a bold move by industry players to address the metering gap in the industry before 2022 as promised by the Federal Government.
MAPs are now primarily responsible for providing metering services, which had been solely provided by the distribution companies (Discos). In line with NERC regulations, customers are expected to pay for meters. The payment for the meter by customers can either be upfront or in instalments.
NERC officially approved the cost of the MAP meters for single-phase meter at N36,991.50 while the three-phase meter – N67,055.85.
Discos are responsible for meeting its metering targets as specified by the regulatory body. They perform its obligation to customers by ensuring that the MAP provides meters to its customers based on an agreement entered between Discos and MAP.
An interested customer can visit the website or office of their electricity distribution company office and fill in a MAP Request Form. According to NERC, once the form is filled and payment made, a meter shall be installed in the customer’s premises within 10 working days.