The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said the power distribution companies will be liable to capacity charge for failure to take their entire load allocation caused by constraints in their networks.
NERC disclosed this in a document seen by our correspondent on Thursday in which it announced to the Discos the review of the extraordinary tariff review application filed by them.
Last week, the Discos announced what they called “new service reflective tariff”, which took effect from September 1, 2020, with the tariffs being charged residential consumers receiving a minimum of 12 hours of power supply rising by over 70 per cent.
Economic Confidential had reported on Monday that the Transmission Company of Nigeria said the Discos failed to distribute 8,733.39MW in the week ended August 30.
The TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.
“Where it is established that the TCN is unable to deliver load allocation, the TCN shall be liable to pay for the associated capacity charge,” NERC said in the document.
According to the regulator, where a Disco fails to take its entire load allocation due to constraints in its own network, it shall be liable to pay the capacity charge as allocated in its vesting contract.
It said, “The average tariff for each Disco was determined considering the projected energy offtake of the company based on its percentage load allocation in the vesting contract.
“NBET shall continue to invoice the Disco for capacity charge and energy based on its load allocation and metered energy respectively in accordance with the December 2019 Minor Review of MYTO 2015 and Minimum Remittance Order for Year 2020.”
NERC said several Discos and the TCN considered the current Multi-Year Tariff Order load allocation as sub-optimal, given the changes that had occurred in load growth and capacities of the transmission and distribution networks.
It added, “However, a full justification for a holistic review of the MYTO load allocation could not be established during this extraordinary tariff review process.
“Accordingly, the commission orders that the current MYTO load allocation shall be maintained for the purpose of computing the relevant tariffs of all Discos.”
Total power generation in the country stood at 3,127.6 megawatts as of 6am on Thursday, according to data from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator.
The TCN’s data on national grid performance from August 24 to 30 which was released on Saturday showed that the electricity distributed by the Discos during the week averaged 3,419.78MW.
The system operator put the national peak demand forecast at 28,290MW; installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and peak generation at 5,420.30MW.
NERC, in its report on power supply status on all 132/33/11kV interface substation in August, warned Discos against load rejection.
It said, “Discos should be cautioned on deliberate refusal to clear faults on some 33kV feeders within the timeline of eight hours as stipulated in the Reporting Compliance Regulations.
“Discos should also be cautioned against deliberate isolation of some sections of 33kV feeders to limit the loading of the feeders and denying customers electricity services.”
TNGPIBConfab: Dr Dakuku Reveals Factors Needed To Unlock Potentials of PIB In Nigeria
.. PIB will end NNPC’s monopoly
The immediate past director-general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has listed two key factors needed to be accommodated in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to fully unlock gains of the petroleum sector in Nigeria.
Dakuku who made the revelations yesterday at a one day colloquium organised by TheNewsGuru (TNG), entitled, ‘PIB: finally getting it right and breaking the 20-year hiatus’ stressed that an efficient regulatory system will make Nigeria’s oil and gas industry competitive, attract investors and create more jobs for our youth as well as open newer opportunities for the country.
Optimistic that PIB will crush the monopoly of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), he however, noted that their are two things that might hinder the functions of deregulatory bodies as captured in the PIB.
Addressing the problematic areas that needed be resolved in the PIB, Dakuku advised that the excessive powers given to the ministers in the PIB should be reduced and also posited that regulatory bodies created under the new PIB era should be given quasi legislative and quasi judicial roles to ensure they function independently and efficiently.
“A regulatory body apart from the executive roles it plays requires lots of quasi legislative, quasi judicial, they should be given some powers to make decision on their own without coming back to the court or going to the legislative for legislative supports. With the quasi legislative and quasi judicial function, such regulatory body will be independent and efficient but without it, a failure is inevitable”
Read Dakuku’s rich comments on regulatory bodies that will be set up in pursuant of the passage of the PIB: “I will be speaking on the critical issue of the regulatory bodies that will be set up in pursuant of the passage of the PIB and how it will impact our lives as Nigerians, you will recall that over a long period we have had the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), have played the role of a regulator and an operator. Historically, the PIB is about to break the monopoly of NNPC; So I am a bit surprised when people don’t expect resistant, there will be resistant when you attempt to break a monopoly anywhere in the world, even in China where you have lots of monopolies and the reason is because people benefit from monopolie
“What the PIB sets to do is to break down the NNPC monopoly and establish independent regulatory bodies and this is in line with global trends, where the world is migrating towards a private sector or a market driven oil and gas industry, this is the only ay to optimise benefits in te sector. The PIB propose to set up three important regulatory bodies – the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) and the Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (the “Authority”) create frame work for tariff and pricing; and establishment of a new intervention Fund to be called the Midstream Gas Infrastructure Fund
“What will these independent regulatory bodies do? These institutions it will enhance greater compliance to industry regulation boost, promotes transparency and drive competition. Once there is competition in the industry, it increase efficiency and effectiveness of the system, once these are in place they system will attract investment, once investors come, there will be competition and this will crash price of goods and service. This is what the regulatory independent system does, it will make the Nigeria’s oil and gas industry competitive, this will create right environment, attract investors and create more jobs for our youth.
Bismarck Rewane resigns as a director from the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc
The Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the resignation of Mr Bismarck Jemide Rewane.
This announcement was made in a notification issued by the Company Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Odusola.
According to Mr Odusola, the resignation of Mr Rewane as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc became effective on 31st December 2020.
Mr. Rewane was appointed to the Board of Guinness Nigeria Plc as a Non-Executive Director in 2008. Until his resignation, he served as the Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of the Board.
However, it is important to note that as of 30th June 2020, he owns 36,384 ordinary shares of Guinness Nigeria Plc, worth N691,296.
The Board of Guinness Nigeria extended its appreciation to the outgoing Director, for his leadership, focus and commitment to the success of the Company and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.
About Mr Bismarck Rewane
- Bismarck Rewane was also with the First National Bank of Chicago, Barclays Bank of Nigeria and Barclays Bank International Plc, United Kingdom. An Associate of the Institute of Bankers, England and Wales.
- Mr. Rewane has served on the Board of several organisations, including Navgas (a Vitol Group subsidiary); NLNG Prize Award Foundation; UNIC Insurance Plc, Nigeria; Economic Summit Group; UBA Custodian Limited; Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited; Fidelity Bank Plc; First City Monument Bank Plc; and Top Feeds Nigeria Limited.
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