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NEMSA insists on metering of renewable energy

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By John Ofikhenua, Abuja

Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has insisted that customers of renewable energy must pay for the power they consume for investors to recoup their money.

Its Managing Director, Engr Peter Ewesor, who made this known in an interview with The Nation in Abuja, added that the inspection of renewable energy installation is within the purview of the agency.

He explained that although renewable energy use meters, their scale of meters differs.

While large-scale installations such as the ones from wind and solar farms and others can use the conventional meters since they are linked to the national grid, electricity from the mini-grid solar plants use meters of smaller scales.

His words: “Basically, electricity meter is a device for measurement. Once somebody has developed a renewable electricity facility to provide electricity to serve people, the people it is serving must pay for the electricity. So, you must use electricity meters.

“So, the meters are very much alike only that the scale and levels are different.

“The capacities are different because the volume of power you get from renewable energy at the low level of mini-grid are not the same.

“But when you now bring it to a very high level because today there are people who are developing solar farms up to 10mw, 28mw, 80mw, then it is the same meters because those once are pump into the national grid and come to the same national power lines in the same format.

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“By law, nobody should use electricity in Nigeria whether to serve private houses or to serve the general public, the meter must be adequately tested.

“That particular meter must meet type test, routine test, provided with the security and safety crispy seal to show people that this meter has actually passed through the procedures and processes of NEMSA.”

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In preparation for the implementation of the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP), Ewesor, who is also the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, revealed that the agency has procured two million meter crispy seal labels.

The labels are for tested meters and any meter without such seal is deemed fake and unauthorized for use.

The agency procured one million meter seals in 2020 and has also awarded the contract for the procurement of another one million crispy seal labels this year.

He explained that the market is very huge and there is always an upsurge in the demand for meters which has made planning a necessity.

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Asked how prepared was the agency for the implementation of the mass metering programme, he said: “But incidentally, you know what happened? These meters have to be manufactured. These meters have to be properly brought to NEMSA.

“And for this NEMSA needs to procure the crispy seal which we did. We did procure one million meter seal and test label in 2020, which we have utilized. We actually awarded a contract to procure another one million crispy seals in readiness.”

According to him, any electricity meter that does not bear the NEMSA seal is fake and unauthorized for use.

He insisted that “nobody must use a meter without testing. Customers should reject meters without NEMSA seals.”



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