Electricity bills are expected to rise: The Ghanaian Electricity Company (ECG) has begun to change its rates in order to raise the cost of electricity in the coming weeks.
A request has been filed with the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) for evaluation and approval, according to Noble Dorwume, a Director in the Office of the Managing Director.
He stated that the tariff review will be based on the classification of the Company’s customers during a meeting with the PURC in Tamale on Friday.
“Based on cost, inflation, and other economic indicators, we have provided an upward review.”
“So it will depend on how PURC looks at it and which group should have a small adjustment, which group should have a negative review,” he continued. “But it will all offer us income that will enable us to operate our business well.”
The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) expressed worry about wastage inside the power distribution corporation in August 2021.
Their protests occurred when the Auditor-General revealed that ECG spent ¢59 million on prepaid meters and conductors that were never used between 2014 and 2016.
According to the A-audit G’s report, Cenit Energy charged the Company approximately ¢180 million as a capacity fee in 2018.
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The last time ECG raised power rates was in October of this year, with a 5.94% hike.
Meanwhile, the Company has implemented a mechanism that would reward anyone who reports people who are involved in unlawful connections with free electricity.
Illegal connections, according to ECG Tema Region General Manager Emmanuel Akinie, are costing the electricity distribution firm money.
According to him, the new system would ensure that a large revenue mobilization push is launched in order to reduce the country’s debt in the energy sector.
“Stolen electricity is terrible, but we’ve also made it such that anyone who reports someone who has made an illegal connection receives a share of the money we’ll recoup from the crime.”
“We’re urging individuals to report folks who have illicit connections.” You’d be entitled to a portion of the amount we bill if we can identify that there is criminality involved,” he added.
Emmanuel Akinie told the criminals to halt since the law will soon catch up with them and prosecute them for their crimes.