The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has commenced implementation of the NERC-approved service reflective tariff.
EEDC Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, revealed in a statement on Thursday that the implementation of the new tariff was effective from Sept. 1, 2020.
Ezeh explained that the new tariff would be a reflection of the service quality and does not apply to all customers, but only to those that enjoyed more hours of power supply.
“In the new tariff order, customers are classified into three major clusters, namely: Non-MD, MD-1 and MD-2.
“In the same vein, five distinctive bands (A, B,C,D and E) has been created to reflect the various service levels and minimum hours of power supply, a situation where a blanket tariff no longer applies to all category of customers.
“For instance, customers in “Band A” are to enjoy daily minimum supply of 20 hours, those in “Band B” minimum of 16 hours and “Band C” minimum of 12 hours.
“Band D” minimum of 8 hours, while those in “Band E” are expected to enjoy minimum daily supply of 4 hours,’’ he said.
According to him, the impact of the reviewed tariff will only apply to customers in Bands A, B and C; while the tariff for customers in Bands D and E remains frozen, until their service quality is improved upon.
“It is only then that they will be migrated to the band that suits their supply availability,” the EEDC spokesman said.
He noted that the review was consistent with the outcome of various stakeholder consultations for extraordinary tariff review application held across Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu State and Imo in February and March this year.
Ezeh said that for postpaid customers, the impact of the new tariff would reflect in their October bill which was for energy consumed in the month of September, while it would impact on prepaid customers as they purchased their token.
“The new tariff is expected to improve efficiency in delivering quality service to customers, and will equally ensure the sustenance of the operators within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI),” he said.