Brev till Citizen Buba: Dousing Reaktion på el Prissättning

electricity pricing

As letters in the public domain have recently taken a dramatic dimension in Nigeria, it may not be out of place to spice up this trend by adding mine – For the consumption of the typical Nigerian. The Nigerian electricity consumers are the intended recipients of my open letter, as epitomized by Citizen Buba, who is presently suspicious (along with millions of his type) of unfavourable pricing of electric power in Nigeria’s post-privatisation era.

This piece is aimed at dousing likely unfavourable reaction around, and to remove the huge scales from Citizen Buba’s eyes.

Dear Buba:

I am compelled to apply the descriptive title, “Citizen”, to your name due to the realisation that your expectations of what happens to pricing or rates of electricity supply is a pure reflection of those being harboured by millions of other electricity consumers in Nigeria. In other words, you symbolize the typical Nigerian citizen, with raised eyebrows depicting clear anticipation of what is to happen about the rates to be paid for electricity, now that privately run ventures have taken over the assets for generation and distribution of electric power, due to the recently concluded privatisation of the power sector.

It is not out of place to expect public retort to any official increase in rates of electricity to consumers. This is why this letter is directed at you, as more information on goings-on will surely make for public understanding, and subsequently douse any unfavourable public reaction. Being a Nigerian consumer myself, I am quite mindful of likely questions taking shape in your mind as you go through this correspondence.

One does not have to be clairvoyant to make out that you have these questions in mind: (en) Will the recently concluded privatisation result in rate increase? (b) If yes, what is the rationale for such? (c) What can be done about mitigating the impact on ratepayers, if rate increases occur? Before addressing these questions, I like to point out what the Nigerian customer is presently complaining about (hence any indication of price increase causing revulsion), through throwing lots of light on what obtains presently with respect to what this new order holds for us, consumers.

Beetle, I hope you realise that it is a bit difficult asking people to pay for a product that is under-supplied, as electric power is right now? It is no longer news that most Nigerian households and business establishments are starved of electricity. The typical Nigerian customer in the electric power market, like those in other climes, has two basic concerns which are quite fundamental, and are given in order of prioritySecurity of supply, and price. We are faced with the latter here, as an earlier title in this series has addressed the issue of supply while expatiating on distribution network power quality.

Before delving into what holds presently as part of the new order, please do not hold it against me if I nudge you to remember that, “to every question, there is a surface answer and a deeper one”. The deeper answer to your question on pricing is what really constitutes those rates or charges that feature in your monthly electricity billing. Beetle, don’t forget thisYour monthly bill (which is a bill for the consumption of electric energy or electricity) is comprised of two sections:

(en) Charges (often tagged energy charge) based on the electrical energy (in kilowatt-hour or kWh) consumed by the household or business during the month. It includes charge associated with the production of electricity (generating the electricity); avgiften för drift och underhåll av elektriska transmissionssystemet (att sända den genom gallret); betalt för att flytta el över distributionsledningar till ditt hem eller företag (distribuera den i ditt område); och försäljningsadministration processen (kostnader för administration av att sälja den till dig).


(b) En liten elektricitet avgift (ofta kallad fast månadsavgift, serviceavgift eller serviceavgift). Detta tillgodoser delvis för fakturering, mätaravläsning, servicesamtal svar, servicelinjen underhåll och nyinstallation utrustning.
Citizen Buba, notera att i en situation där du inte vill ens konsumera en kWh i ditt hem eller affärslokaler under månaden, (en) ovan visar noll, medan (b), serviceavgift för den månaden, som tillskrivs ditt kundkategori, förblir faktureras mot ditt konto. Nigerianer måste alltid komma ihåg att begreppet serviceavgift i faktureringsprocessen inte uteslutande här (inte en "nigeriansk sak"), men får i andra delar av världen. Frigör för att verifiera detta. Going av vår lokala språkbruk, serviceavgift är en "säker bankir".

På om privatiseringen av energisektorn orsakade någon höjning eller på annat sätt, svaret är "ja". Det gjorde, men marginellt. Privatiseringen kallas för införandet av ett system prissättnings taggade Multi Year taxan Order (VÄGTULL), införts av den nigerianska Electricity Regulatory Commission eller NERC. Den är avsedd för att uppmana bestämning av elkostnaden säljs av distributions (och detaljhandel) företag från och med juni 1, 2012 till maj 31, 2017. I ett nötskal, utan Myto investerare skulle ha gett en bred kaj till investeringar i denna sektor, och privatiseringen övningen skulle ha varit en flopp, så låg prissättning inte skulle ha gett kostnadstäckning för investerare. För mer, Beetle, Jag uppmanar er att besöka NERC hemsida. (Fortsättning)

1 Kommentar på "Brev till Citizen Buba: Dousing Reaktion på el Prissättning"

  1. honestly, a lot needs to be done about electricity in Nigeria. we plan to become among the top 20 economies in the world and in this day and age, that must definitely be achieved with better power infrastructure. i trust the government will continue to implement better policies and ensure they are effectively applied

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