The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently released the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Regulations 2018, a much-awaited electricity meter regulation expected to facilitate the bridging of existing metering gap and ensure the quick metering of electricity customers across the country.
The metering gap for all Distribution Licensees was reported at 4,740,275 meters as at December 31, 2017. This is projected to significantly increase upon the conclusion of the ongoing customer enumeration exercise.
Section 1 of the Regulations gives the commencement date of the Regulations as 8th March, 2018 while Section 3 provides that the Regulations will be enforced by the NERC from the 3rd of April, 2018 by which time it is expected to have been signed by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the Commission who shall also cause the seal of the Commission to be affixed on the Regulations.
NERC vice chairman, Engr Sanusi Garba recently stated that the MAP Regulations would enhance operations of the electricity market and attract private investors who will now be able to partner with electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to procure meters in understanding with the concerned DisCos to recoup their fees through charges built into the end user’s electricity bill.
Section 4(3) of the Regulations creates an obligation for DisCos to engage the services of MAPs in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations towards meeting their respective metering targets specified by the Commission.
The MAP Regulations contains nine chapters with a total number of 34 sections entailing various provisions including the permit requirements and process for qualification as Meter Asset Providers, the obligations of the different parties as well as the cost structure and revenue methodology of the meter asset providers. It also contains two schedules with provisions regulating procurement.