FG hikes electricity tariffs again

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has approved an upward review of electricity tariffs in the country from January 1.

NERC Chairman, Sanusi Garba signed the revised Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) on December 30.

The customers of all the 11 distribution companies are effected.

Recall that the commission had in November 2020 compelled the implementation of a traffic hike regime which had been opposed by Nigerians.

Garba said that the new MYTO overrides the previous one, noting that the new tariff will be enforced until the issuance of another minor review order or an extraordinary tariff review order by the commission.

In the new Order NERC/225/2020, the commission said it considered the 14.9% inflation rate rise in November 2020, foreign exchange of N379.4/$1 as of December 29, 2020, available generation capacity, US inflation rate of 1.22% and the Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) of the power firms to raise the tariff.

The revised Service-Based Tariff (SBT) also saw increase in the rates payable by all classes of electricity users unlike the one of November 2020, that exempted low power getters.

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“This order supersedes ORDER/NERC/ 202B/2020 and shall take effect from January 1, 2021, and shall cease to have effect on the issuance of a new minor review order or an extraordinary tariff review order by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (“NERC” or the “commission”).

“The actual average monthly inflation rate of 13.1% for the period January to November 2020 was used for review of the year 2020 tariffs, while, the November 2020 inflation rate of 14.9% as obtained from the NBS was adopted to project Nigerian inflation rates for the year 2021 and beyond.

“In line with the MYTO Methodology, the CBN official exchange rates plus a premium of 1% were used for the retroactive review of the year 2020. Accordingly, average NGN/USD exchange rate (+1%) for the period 1st January 2020 to December 15, 2020, of N360.8 was used to review the year 2020 tariffs. The NAFEX closing NGN/USD exchange rate (+1%) of N397.44 as at December 29, 2020, was adopted to project NGN/USD exchange rate for 2021 and beyond.

“The year 2020 projection on available generation is maintained for the first half (Jan-Jun) of 2021 to account for the impact of the delay in the implementation of MYTO-2020. No change was applied to generation projections from July 2021 and beyond.

“A benchmark gas price of $2.50/MMBTU, gas transportation cost of $0.80/MMBTU and gas prices outside the regulated rates for GenCos with effective gas sale agreements (“GSAs”) were maintained,” the directive read in part.

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  1. Anonymous says

    APC keep doing what you know how to do best to Nigerians… May God extend all & your exact deeds when you meet him in Heaven…
    Next time i am sure you all will make a better decision with your PVC

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