Federal Government approves fresh increase in electricity tariff

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), has approved requests by some Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to increase their tariff rates.

The new approval took effect from January 1, 2022. However, the new rate is effective from February, 2022.

According to the document: “This regulatory instrument shall be cited as Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO-2022) for Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc, (PHED), NERC based the increase on the Performance Improvement Plans of the DisCos and indices such as gas price, inflation, exchange rate, US inflation rate and available generation capacity.

The Commission noted that the indices with the potential impact on electricity rates were considered.

It added that these indices shall be reviewed every six months to update the tariffs with changes in the indices as applicable in line with the MYTO.

This was contained in the Commission’s Order No: NERC/304/2021, which chairman, Sanusi Garba, and Vice-Chairman, Musiliu Oseni, signed on December 29, 2021.

The document explained: “Consequently, following the approval of PHED’s PIP on 30th April, 2021, the Commission issued the MYTO-2021 Extraordinary Tariff Order effective from 1st July 2021, in consideration of PHED’s CAPEX proposals over a 5-year plan in line with the approved PIP.

“Accordingly, this MYTO-2022 order restates PHED’s approved 5-year CAPEX and relevant assumptions applied to forecast revenue requirements and applicable tariffs for the period 2021-2026 in line with MYTO Methodology and Regulations Procedure for Electricity Tariff Reviews in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI)”.

It is programmed from 1st July 2021 to 30th June, 2026.

The document disclosed that for the PHED (A-Non MD) customers who paid N56.16/kwh in January 2022 will now (February to December 2022) pay N60.67/kwh).

Similarly, (B Non-MD) customers who paid N56.64/kwh in January 2022, will now pay N59.64/kwh.

It noted that E- MD2 customers who paid N50.72/kwh in January 2022, will now (From February 2022) pay N54.22/kwh.

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