ELECTRICITY METER UPGRADE WILL NOT AFFECT CREDIT BALANCE, ASSURES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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The Federal Government announced on Sunday that the upcoming electricity meter upgrade by power distribution companies will not impact the credit units balance in the meters. This assurance was conveyed in a statement issued by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) in Abuja. NEMSA emphasized its commitment to ensuring that all electricity meters and instruments used in the sector adhere to the right standards.

Managing Director of NEMSA, Aliyu Tahir, stated, “Let me assure all electricity customers that they have nothing to fear as the meter upgrade process will not affect the credit unit balance on their meters. The credit balance will remain intact after the upgrade. They are also to note that meter upgrade is a one-time process. Subsequent energy token purchases will continue as usual after the upgrade has been completed.”

This announcement comes in response to concerns about the Standard Transfer Specification for the upgrade of prepaid meters using Token Identifier rollover, which is set to commence soon in Nigeria. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission had previously advised prepaid meter users to upgrade their meters before November of the following year to avoid losing their meters.

Tahir explained that to address the Token Identifier rollover issue, all meters will require key change tokens with the rollover bit set, provided by the Distribution Companies (Discos). These tokens, when entered, will reset the TID stack memory to zero and change the meter key simultaneously.

He reassured the public that this process would not affect the speed or accuracy of energy meters. Additionally, it would not alter the metrological properties of electricity meters that have been certified by NEMSA to accurately measure and record electrical energy consumption.

Meter manufacturers will need to adjust their production processes to accommodate the new manufacturing hardware secure modules and key load files. They will also start manufacturing meters based on the 2014 base date specified by their customers once they have updated their vending systems.

The distribution companies will provide prepaid meter customers with Key Change Tokens alongside their regular energy tokens when purchasing electricity. Prepaid meter end-users will also play a role in the TID rollover key change process, finalizing the update of the prepaid meter software.

In summary, the Federal Government has assured electricity consumers that the meter upgrade process will not affect their credit balances, and the upgrade is a one-time procedure. The rollout of key change tokens and other measures will ensure the smooth transition to updated prepaid meters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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