Abuja, Nigeria — (METERING.COM) — October 2, 2007 – Progress by independent power producers (IPPs) towards eliminating the power deficit in Nigeria will be measured quarterly using a national electricity scorecard. The country is unable to meet the power needs of both the business and residential sectors, and the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is hoping that the scorecard will encourage IPPs to improve generation and distribution activities.
Since August 2006 21 IPPs have received licenses from the NERC allowing them to generate and distribute electricity, and the regulatory body has been encouraged by the contribution made by the IPPs in framing Nigeria’s new power regulations. The NERC has been setting up operational structures that include regulations for development of the grid, distribution and metering codes, standards and procedures for customer complaints handling, connections and disconnections, and meter reading and billing. Tariff methodologies have also been developed.
While the NERC recognizes that granting licenses to IPPs does not mean that more power will be available immediately, it is keen to see progress being made in the construction and provision of infrastructure in the power sector – hence the introduction of the scorecards.