NERC authorises Discos to commence licensing bids for meter providers

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has authorised electricity distribution companies (Discos) to commence the licensing processes of meter manufacturers to aid the ongoing metering processes across the country, IWIN reports.

According to the Meter Asset Providers (MAP) regulations 2017 just released by NERC, the draft empowers the DisCos to conduct and conclude the procurement process for the engagement of MAP within 120 calendar days of the coming into effect of the regulation. With the MAP regulation 2017 released on December 20th, it means that the DisCos are already four days into the bidding rounds, with 116 days to go.

After the bidding has been concluded and names of winners submitted to NERC, it will then engage the services of a tender auditor to audit the conduct and results of the DisCos’ procurement process for the engagement of the MAP. Upon completion of the evaluation of bids, the successful bidders are expected to submit an application for the grant of a MAP license to NERC, after which they would be granted licenses. The DisCos will then enter into Meter Service Agreements with the successful bidders.