The Management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Plc has disclosed that its has concluded plans to roll out no fewer than 90,870 meters to customers in its franchise areas of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti in the first quarter of 2021.
Mr Tayo Adekule, the BEDC head of public affairs told newsmen in Benin that the Meters were allocated to BEDC by National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Mr. Adekule who noted that the meters would be distributed under the National Mass Metering programme (NMMP) starting from Edo, added that metering under this scheme is free and customers will not have to pay.
He said the metering would cover four BEDC franchise states in a phase manner on a selected distribution transformers covering 90,870 customers over a period of six months.
He explained that out of the total number of meters allocated to BEDC, Edo would get 40,995, Delta 22,247, Ondo 19,453 and Ekiti 8,294.
“The meters will be distributed through the BEDC Meter Asset Provider (MAP) for its franchise areas,” he said.
He, however, said that all premises have to be enumerated and shall be certified by the electricity inspector before installation of the Meters.
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“Customers who have collected tellers for meters under the MAP and have not paid shall not pay any amount to acquire a meter.
“Any amount paid to the account of MAP shall be refunded in 21 days subject to customers providing the account details for the refund .
“20 percent of the Meters are three phases while 80 percent are single phase.
“Customers in Band A which include those with minimum of 20 hours supply, Band B minimum of 16 hours and Band C minimum of 12 hours of power supply will benefit from the metering during the exercise.
“Band D with minimum of 8 hours and Band E minimum of 6 hours of power supply will benefit from the metering in the second quarter of 2021,” he added.
Speaking on the court case between BEDC and Civil Society Organisations in Edo, Adekule said the lawyers of both parties have resolved to settle out of court.