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DISCOS: Electricity Consumers Paid N1.27TN IN Three Years

Electricity Transmission Credit: Vanguard

According to data obtained from the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distribution, ANED on Thursday, it is shown that Electricity distribution companies received a total of N1.27tn from customers in the last three years.

ANED, the umbrella body for the Discos, said customers paid N363bn in 2017, N437.9bn in 2018 and N473bn in 2019. The Discos said the energy billed customers stood at 18,882 gigawatt-hours (equivalent to N597.3bn) in 2017; 20,852 GWh (N661.6bn) in 2018, and 21,702GWh (N695bn) in 2019.

Also, based on the data, the energy received by the power distributors rose to 26,630GWh in 2019 from 26,385GWh in 2018 and 24,616GWh in 2017.

ANES said ‘The Discos only collect an estimated 24 per cent of the tariff revenue, while the balance goes to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, generation companies and other industry stakeholders,’

The Discos experienced the rise of their revenue collection to a record of  N127bn in the first three months of this year.

ANED further disclosed that  the energy billed by the Discos in Q1 2020 was 5,768GWh (equivalent to N187bn), out of the 6,911GWh it received.

‘The collection in Q1 2020 hit a new record of N127bn, 10 per cent more than the same quarter last year,’ it added.

The power firms said the energy sent out in the first quarter of this year was much less than what was projected at the last minor review for 2020.

According to them, the Nigerian electricity supply industry has not tackled major critical issues such as the lack of spinning reserve, load misalignment with Discos and the TCN interface issues, delays in the implementation of TCN´s expansion plan and lack of investment in Discos’ infrastructure.

Based on analysis made by  the group, the number of registered end-users in the industry keeps increasing at a rate of about 75,000 new customers per month, resulting in more than 9.5 million customers in total.

ANED said, ‘Delays/barriers in the implementation of the Meter Asset Providers regulation is making the metering gap to grow, with almost 59.7 per cent of the end-users unmetered.’

‘Since 2015, there has been no significant improvement in the energy generated and wheeled by the TCN that is finally received by the Discos. It continues to be flat and is only mainly affected by a seasonal effect between the dry and rainy seasons.’

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The distribution and generation companies carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria were handed over to private investors on November 1, 2013, following the privatization of the power sector.

However,  the investors are still being challenged with the old problems in the sector, including gas supply shortages, limited distribution networks, limited transmission line capacity, huge metering gap and high losses.

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