By Bernice Bessey
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) tariff adjustment of 17 percent proposed by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) took effect yesterday, March 15.
However, the new tariff reduction will take effect on the 1st of April, as the ECG is only able to make adjustments in a 28-day cycle.
The Managing Director of the ECG, Ing. Samuel Boakye-Appiah, made the announcement at a media briefing in Accra to confirm the company’s readiness to implement the proposal.
“I wish to inform our customers and general public that the PURC’s major tariff review, (reduction) effective 15th March, 2018, will be implemented as announced,” he stated.
He explained that the monthly billing cycle of the prepayment metering system does not technically allow the ECG to implement the review in the middle of the month,” he added.
Ing. Boakye-Appiah urged customers that on their first visit in April, the prepayment system would detect their aggregate purchase for the month of March, and then compute the reduction.
He stated: “It is important for customers to note that the average percentage reduction, that is 17.5% for residential, 30% for non-residential, 25% for SLTs and 10% for the mines, effective 15th March, 2018, is on energy consumption only. Therefore, the addition of statutory levies and other fixed charges will reduce the average percentage relief announced by PURC.”
He added that the ECG has catalogued all unit consumption, and the expected cost in a ‘reckoner,’ which clearly explains how the tariff is calculated and billed, regardless of the type of metering, and will be displayed at all sales points nationwide.
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