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NERC slaps N200m fine on AEDC for violating electricity tariff regulations

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Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc has been fined N200 million by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for implementing a new tariff across all customer categories.

In a statement issued on Friday, the commission said the decision followed a detailed review and customer feedback, which revealed that AEDC had applied the new tariff to all customer bands, contrary to the order, which was designed to ensure fair billing practices.

It directed AEDC to refund all customers in Bands B, C, D and E, respectively, that were billed above the allowed customer categories/tariff bands provided in the Order.

Part of the statement reads, “The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has taken enforcement action against the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc, AEDC, for non-compliance with the Supplementary Order to the April 2024 Multi-Year Tariff Order 2024 for AEDC (the “Order”).

“AEDC has been fined ₦200,000,000 (two hundred million naira) for failure to comply with the prescribed customer band classifications for the tariff billing.

“This decision follows a detailed review and customer feedback, which revealed that AEDC had applied the new tariff to all customer bands, contrary to the order, which was designed to ensure fair billing practices.

“AEDC is therefore mandated to: reimburse all customers in Bands B, C, D, and E, respectively, that were billed above the allowed customer categories/tariff bands provided in the order.

“Reimburse through the provision of the balance of customer tokens that the affected customers would be entitled to receive at the applicable rates, and all token reimbursements shall be issued to the affected customers by 11 April 2024.

“Pay the sum of ₦200,000,000.00 [two hundred million naira] as a fine for the flagrant breach of the commission’s order.

“File evidence of compliance with the directives in a & c with the Commission by 12 April 2024.”

 

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