Elec­tric­ity: Abuja Disco to in­stall 8,000 me­tres monthly

Daily Trust - - ENERGY - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) said it plans to in­stall about 100, 000 me­tres, an­nu­ally, through the monthly in­stal­la­tion of 8,000 units, in the next five years.

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mr Neil Croucher, said re­cently that AEDC will also in­tro­duce hand­held me­tre read­ing de­vice and other means for read­ing it’s about 690,000 cus­tomers’ post­paid me­tres.

He said the me­tres and con­nec­tion would be read within monthly al­ter­na­tion as di­rected by NERC in the short term be­fore the com­plete me­ter­ing of all elec­tric­ity con­sumers na­tion­wide.

Ear­lier, Amadi warned that the reck­less es­ti­ma­tion and crazy billings must stop im­me­di­ately say­ing: “Con­sumers who are post­paid, who have me­tres, but not pre­paid me­tres must be read. Dis­cos must go and read those me­tres, and any month that they don’t read the me­tre, they should use a base­line.

“By the third month, if they go to read the me­tre, they have to cross check with the last month. The idea is that even if there is no me­tre, that per­son should not be over­es­ti­mated.”

Mean­while, the federal govern­ment said it will seek for a new tech­nol­ogy that will use com­pressed gas to im­prove gas-to-power gen­er­a­tion com­pa­nies in a bid to im­prove elec­tric­ity sup­ply.

The Chair­man, Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi, dis­closed this re­cently while brief­ing press­men shortly af­ter the monthly meet­ing with Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers of the pri­va­tised power com­pa­nies.

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