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  • Updated: June 11, 2024

Electricity: NERC approves new tariff increase for Port Harcourt DisCo

Electricity: NERC approves new tariff increase for Port Harc

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved a new tariff hike for the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company.

The commission permitted the PHED to raise tariffs for Band A customers categorised as Maximum Demand 2 Special (A – MD2 Special).

MD customers are customers that have a load of 45kVA and above.

Following the development, fom N206 per kilowatt-hour, this category of customers within the Port Harcourt franchise will now pay N225/KWh.

In a regulatory instrument tagged June 2024 Supplementary Order to the Multi-Year Tariff Order – 2024 (“June 2024 Supplementary Order”) for Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc, the NERC said the tariff approval was under the Tariff Review Application by PHED.

“Further to Section 23 of the MYTO-2024, this Supplementary Order seeks to reflect the changes in the pass-through indices outside the control of licensees including inflation rates, naira/dollar exchange rate, available generation capacity and gas price for the determination of Cost-Reflective Tariffs,” the NERC stated.

 Emphasising the basis for the review, the regulator stated that the Naira to the US Dollar exchange rate of N1,469.06 per dollar has been adopted for June to December 2024; saying this has been determined by adding a 1 per cent transaction cost to the average foreign exchange rate of N1,454.52 during the period May 1 to 24, 2024 as obtained from the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

It also noted that the Nigerian inflation rate of 33.69 per cent for April 2024 as published by the National Bureau of Statistics was applied to revise the Nigerian inflation rate projection for 2024.

“Under Section 116 of the Electricity Act and extant regulations, the commission has considered and approved for PHED, the tariffs (in Table 2) effective 1st June 2024. The approved tariffs shall remain in force subject to monthly adjustments of pass-through indices including inflation rates, naira/dollar exchange rates and gas-to-power prices.

“In line with the policy direction of the Federal Government of Nigeria on electricity subsidy, the allowed tariffs for Bands B – E customer categories shall remain frozen at the rates payable since December 2022 subject to further policy direction by the government.

“With this policy, the estimated subsidy benefit for customers under the PHED franchise in 2024 is approximately N11.49bn monthly,” the NERC stated.

 

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