NERC Advises Power Consumers Nationwide To Update Prepaid Meters

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has issued a recommendation for electricity users across the country to take action and update their prepaid meters before November 2024 arrives. This call to action follows a statement from a power distribution company, which highlighted that prepaid meters that are not updated will no longer function from November next year. This aligns with the standard practice for prepaid electricity meters globally.

In a recent communication on the platform X (previously Twitter), NERC communicated that for those with prepaid meters, it’s time to consider an update. Starting November 2024, recharging one’s meter may not be possible without an update. The process for updating is straightforward and doesn’t incur any cost.

The distribution companies, known as Discos, will be distributing two Key Change Tokens free of charge to facilitate the process of meter updates. This update will have no impact on the remaining units in the meter, nor will it alter the meter’s normal operation. Consumers are encouraged to get in touch with their respective Discos for more detailed information.

In a parallel development, Kaduna Electric has released a brief instructional video outlining the steps consumers can take to upgrade their prepaid meters, ensuring that they do not face the risk of meter functionality loss in the future.

Umar Gumel, who heads the Non-Maximum Demand Metering division at Kaduna Electric, stressed the necessity of this update due to a global change in the prepaid meter landscape. Explaining further, He said that by November 2024, the STS (Standard Transfer Specification) standard meters will introduce a Roll Over feature. This necessitates that all meters undergo a specified upgrade before that date. Failure to upgrade will render any meter inoperable, resulting in a loss.

Gumel further clarified the financial aspect, noting that the current cost of a three-phase meter is N118,000, while a single-phase meter costs N63,000. He emphasized the significant potential loss if meters are not updated.

Kaduna Electric appealed to their customers to cooperate by visiting their designated cash offices to obtain the rollover token. This token functions similarly to electricity tokens and will smoothly upgrade the meter’s programming upon acceptance; without affecting the remaining units or meter performance.

The video concluded by reassuring customers that the update will mitigate the potential consequences of the rollover and will keep the meter performing as before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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