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Here are 9 electricity terms you should know

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Electricity is a very important part of our existence as humans. With it, you can get to do many things at your convenience. An old quote puts this more succinctly as, “Electricity can transform people’s lives, not just economically but also socially.” We definitely agree.

The adoption of prepaid electricity has also been on the increase overtime, as it is proving to be a better and more resource saving mode of electricity usage. Everyone wants to maximize value, yeah?

In this post, we’ll be taking 9 terms about electricity and prepaid meters which you might want to know, and tell you their meanings. Who knows, they could just come in handy. Let’s do this:

1. Energy charge
An energy charge means the value you are charged for your electricity usage based on the energy consumed in terms of kilowatt-hours (kWh) and the rate for that energy. This is usually in a given billing cycle.

2. Vending
Vending is the actual process of you buying or purchasing electricity units from various platforms.

3. Prepayment [prepaid] meter:
A prepayment meter is a kind of meter which can be installed in your homes, offices or any other domestic facility. With it, you are at liberty to pay for your energy before you use it. Paying for your energy can be by adding money to a ‘key’ or smart card, after which it is inserted into the meter. You can prepay for your electricity in Nigeria through platforms like Buypower.

4. Tamper mode
It is a situation where the “meter contactor/cover” is open and unable to dispense power/supply/current to Customer premise.

5. Credit token
This is a 20 digit number which is usually generated after you must have successfully paid for your electricity unit. The token is to be inserted in your prepayment meter to get the value of electricity you paid for.

6. Mass metering
This is an act, usually by the power companies, where they release a bulk amount of prepaid meters to the mass market. An example is AEDC’s deployment of 222,728 meters to consumers in areas of FCT, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa States.

7. Tender
Is an a process through which interested vendors are invited by power companies.

8. Meter installation
The actual act of installing a meter in your home, office or any other domestic facility. You can contact your power companies if you don’t have one installed already.

9. AMI
AMI means Advanced Metering Infrastructure. AMI meters are also known as Smart meters and they are updated, digital versions of the traditional electrical meter which are usually attached to the outside of your home.

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Names and details of electricity distribution companies in Nigeria

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In Nigeria, there are up to 11 electricity distribution companies. These companies are saddled with the responsibility of distributing electricity to certain areas. Nigerian distribution companies each cover one or more states. And every area/state is covered by at least, one electricity distribution company.

Buypower compiled a list of 11 electricity distribution companies, their details and areas they cover. Issues like acquiring a prepaid meter can be done by visiting a respective distribution company.

Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC)
No. 1, Ziquinchor Street, Off IBB Way, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.
Franchise Area: FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa & most parts of Niger States

Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC)
No 5, Akpakpava Street, Benin City, Edo State.
Franchise Area: Edo, Ekiti, Delta, Ondo

Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDC)
24/25 Marina Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.
Franchise Area: Southern Lagos State (Ojo,Festac, Ijora, Mushin (also covers Orile areas), Apapa, Lekki (also covers Ibeju areas), Lagos Island (also covers Ajele areas) & part of Ogun State (Agbara)

Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC)
1 Okpara Avenue, Enugu, Enugu State.
Franchise Area: Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Plc (IBEDC)
Capital Building, 115 Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Franchise Area: Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara and parts of Niger, Ekiti and Kogi states.

Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC)
Secretariat Rd, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos State.
Franchise Area: Parts of Lagos States (Abule Egba, Akowonjo, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Oshodi, Shomolu)

Jos Electricity Distribution Plc (JEDC)
9 Ahmadu Bello Way, Jos, Plateau State.
Franchise Area: Bauchi, Benue, Gombe Plateau

Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc (KNEDC)
No 1-2 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
Franchise Area: Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara

Kano Electricity Distribution Plc (KEDC)
1 Niger Street, P.M.B 3089, Kano State
Franchise Area: Kano, Katsina, Jigawa

Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc (PHEDC)
No 42, Obi Wali Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Franchise Area: Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Rivers

Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc (YEDC)
No 2 Atiku Abubakar Road, Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State.
Franchise Area: Adamawa, Borno, Taraba & Yobe

PS: Buypower have partnered with some of these companies to enable customers purchase electricity units online at their convenience. This helps eliminate the enormous physical stress associated with queues for utility payments. Buy your electricity online here.

The ultimate guide to buy or recharge electricity online in Nigeria

Buying or recharging your prepaid electricity meter, unlike previous times, is now easier than you can imagine. The entry of technology has eliminated the long queues which are usually identified with evenings at the premises of most power holding companies in Nigeria. At this time, a huge number of people returning from office work find time to buy and recharge their electricity.

But now, the tide has changed. It is time you save yourself the stress of being a victim of long queues in bank. And buy electricity units from the comfort of your homes and offices. Hence, you save time, resource and strength. What else?

This guide is meant for you as long as you have a prepaid meter.

How to buy or recharge electricity online in Nigeria.

While there are other more stressful ways you can buy or recharge your electricity offline, we decided to show you the best way to do it online. This is because of its less stressful nature, time consuming and resource saving advantage. Stay with us.

Buypower, as the name implies, is an online platform that allows you to buy electricity units online. So, once you’re out of electricity units, recharging for more is now as simple as using a mobile app, logging into a web browser or dialing a mobile shortcode. Don’t worry, let us walk you through it.

A Step by Step guide:

1. Visit [or download the Buypower app] and login or register if you don’t have an account.
2. Once you login, you would be taken to the order page.
3. On the order page, enter your Meter number, the amount [in naira] of electricity you want to purchase, and select the payment method.
[You can make payments via card, bank transfers and more]
4. Accept terms and conditions, and proceed to make payments.
5. Receive your generated token and insert into your meter.
Annnnd that’s all.

How to buy or recharge electricity without internet connectivity

Ah, you don’t have a smartphone or access to internet? Chill, you can still buy units for your prepaid meter by dialing the USSD code *402*00009548*AMOUNT

Still have questions? Check our frequently asked questions here. Or call 0908-749-3044 our 24-hour support.