By Ogar Monday
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As Cross River State continues on its voyage of darkness, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has gotten approval from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, for the increment of electricity tariffs across the various classes of customers.
The approval, contained in the Multi-Year Tariff Order 2022 recently released by NERC and seen by CrossRiverWatch, approved yearly tariff increases up till 2025.
In the document, electricity consumers who are listed as life-line customers (with energy consumption of not more than 50 kWh per month) will continue to pay the former tariff of ₦4 per kWh. Those under band A service level (minimum of 20 hours per day) will pay ₦60.67 per KWh for Non-MD customers, ₦59.64 per kWh for MD1 customers and ₦57.94 per kWh for MD2 customers.
For customers under the band-B (minimum of 16 hrs of electricity per day) service level feeders, electricity for them is now priced at ₦59.64 per kWh for Non-MD customers, ₦57.89 for MD1 customers, and ₦57.84 per kWh for MD2 customers from ₦56.79 per kWh, ₦54.18 per kWh and ₦53.69 per kWh respectively.
Customers under band-C service level feeders (minimum of 12 hrs of electricity per day) now will pay ₦55.15 per kWh for Non-MD customers, ₦53.45 per kWh for MD 1 customers, and ₦53.45 per kWh for MD2 customers.
Customers under band-D service level (minimum of 8 hours of electricity per day) ₦38.81 per kWh, ₦54.22 per kWh, and ₦54.22 per kWh for Non-MD, MD1, and MD2 customers respectively from the previous ₦35.31 per kWh for Non-MD and ₦50.72 for MD1 and MD2.
For Customers under band-E service level (minimum of 4 hrs of electricity per day), their new tariff is ₦38.58 per kWh for Non-MD customers and ₦54.22 for MD1 and MD2 customers from ₦35.08 per kWh for Non-MD customers and ₦54.22 for MD1 and MD2 customers.
Non-MD customers are customers with single or three-phase connections, while MD1 customers are those with LV maximum demand connection and MD2
customers are those with MV/HV Maximum Demand (11 per 33kV) connection.
It will be recalled that vandals had brought down one of the towers belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which conveyed power from the Ikot Ekpene generating Plant to the plant in Adiabo in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on March 8, sending the town and neighboring communities into darkness.
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