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Nigeria: NERC to adjust electricity tariff review period

In West Africa, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) intends to adjust the electricity tariff review period from six months to either monthly or quarterly.

According to the Daily Trust, the commission stated the intent in a consultation paper issued on 30 May 2017, to stakeholders in the power sector, calling for suggestions.

The Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) methodology (MYTO) was first reviewed in 2012 and spans a 15-year period with a major review every five years, and a minor review every six months, media explained.

Electricity tariff review period

Every six months, NERC reviews the MYTO by considering changes in parameters such as inflation, exchange rate, gas price, power generation capacity, transmission capacity and the operators’ capital expenditure requirement to adjust the tariff.

Media cited the paper endorsed by the acting Chairman, Sanusi Garba, stating that reducing the review period would provide incentives for continued improvement in services as shortfalls would be promptly be recognised and computed into tariffs.

However, it said raising the review frequency, “may deliver higher tariffs to consumers in the long run resulting from associated finance costs where retail tariffs are not adjusted immediately.”

NERC is also considering changing the period of adjusting the tariff from every six months after the minor review, media stated.

Boosting market liquidity

The Commission said changing the tariff update period to monthly or quarterly would allow operators to recover their efficient cost promptly without delay thereby boosting market liquidity. Read more…

“Electricity consumers will immediately bear the full brunt of risks associated with macro-economic changes in the economy,” it stated.

Media further reported that NERC is also targeting to include the Revenue Decoupling Mechanism to help compensate customers or the utility firms for any charge in line with the actual generation as against the projection that has been made in the MYTO.

Stakeholders are expected to be at the public hearing which will be held after 30thJune by the Commission before the final outcome on the MYTO change is approved.

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