The European Union (EU) and Germany may consider supporting the implementation of the Meter Assets Providers (MAP) programme and eligible customers regulation of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The likely EU, German support will be extended in their next round of financial support for the country’s power sector under the Nigerian Energy Support Programmme (NESP). The NESP is however managed by the German cooperation agency — the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) — and has supported the power sector to grow its capacities and offerings for years now.

The Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy Access at the NESP, Mr. Carlos Louis-Miro, disclosed at a recent meeting that the NESP funded by EU and Germany could consider using part of the €33 million budgeted in the next phase of the NESP to support the deployment of meters by electricity distribution companies (Discos) under the MAP scheme of the NERC, as well as the implementation of the eligible customers regime.

Louis-Miro said that funding for the second phase of the NESP would come in the form of €20 million from the EU and €13 million from Germany, to support the competitive procurement of large-scale solar power generation; stabilisation of the country’s distribution networks and improvement of the Discos’ business models. He also said: “We may cover as well eligible customers, Meter Asset Provider; Independent Electricity Distribution Networks (IEDN)/franchising.”

Source: THIS DAY