Nigeria’s energy watchdog has set up a dispute resolution committee for key stakeholders in the privatised electricity sector.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) sees the creation of a mediation service for distributors, generating companies, system and market operators and transmission service providers, as an essential next step in the evolution of the country’s electricity supply industry, report local media.

NERC has selected 12 members for the Dispute Resolution Panel from a shortlist of 20 including engineers, economists and legal practitioners, the regulator said in a statement released by Usman Abba Arabi, head of public affairs at NERC.

The role of the panel will be to resolve any issues among discos and gencos arising from grid and electricity market regulations.

It will also serve to make sure that market operators aren’t restricting competition in the industry by denying new companies certification to operate in Nigeria’s electricity supply industry.