NEMSA allaies consumers’ concerns about the meter upgrading

According to the Nigerian power Management Services Agency, NEMSA, units already purchased by power customers utilizing prepaid meters won’t be lost as a result of the ongoing meter upgrading.

This was revealed on Sunday by the managing director of NEMSA, Mr. Tukur Tahir, in a statement made by Ama Umoren, head of the agency’s communication and protocol unit.

According to kuryaloaded, by 2024, all power consumers nationwide must replace their metering equipment or face difficulties with charging. This directive came from the Nigerian power Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Tahir is responding to inquiries from power users regarding the ongoing Standard Transfer Specification (STS) topic of upgrading prepaid meters using Token Identifier (TID) rollover, which is about to start.

Customers were reassured by NEMSA that they had nothing to worry about because the meter update process would not have an impact on their credit unit balance.

It added that the meter upgrade was a one-time procedure and guaranteed that the credit amount would be preserved following the upgrade.

“The TID shows how many minutes have passed since the base date of January 1, 1993. The 24-bit field is incremented, therefore eventually the TID value will roll over to a zero value.

“All meters will need key change tokens with the rollover bit set, which will be delivered by the utility providers when the key change tokens are credited, in order to prevent TID rollover occurrence.

“Consumers didn’t need to fret because the TID rollover won’t affect or change the metrological characteristics of electricity meters.

“That has received NEMSA certification to precisely measure and record electrical energy used.

Customers must upgrade their prepaid meters by consecutively inserting the energy token (which the DISCO will supply) after the two KCT tokens (KCT1 & KCT2).

“Customers are responsible for loading unused or previously purchased energy tokens into their meters prior to expiration.

After the upgrade is finished, “subsequent energy token purchases will continue as usual,” he declared.

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