We want to increase our tariffs, ECG proposes as a solution to mitigate the current challenges facing them.
The ECG MD Kwame Agyeman-Budu opined he is aware that the proposal will only materialize after approval from the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC).
Currently, lifeline consumers who are rated as poor and low-income earners pay GHS16 for the power consumed and extra GHS2.13 as service charge, making it a total of about GHS18.
“We need money to do it [improve]. If we get the increase we will love it [but] that will be up to the PURC because, no matter what we propose, they will ultimately decide.”
“In terms of distribution, we need support, because we have to do upgrades to make sure the system is sustainable.
We don’t wait till something is broken before we fix it. We need additional funds to upgrade our systems at all times,” he added.
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At the same forum, Energy Minister Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh said due to ongoing upgrade works on the Kasoa and Pokuase substations, there will be erratic power supply in May.
“Just two days ago, I received a letter from MiDA [Millennium Development Authority], who are helping upgrade the Pokuase and Kasoa substations.
“They informed me that the progress of the substation is such that in the month of May, there will be systematic power outages, so, we have invited both ECG and GRIDCo and in the light of that, let us sit and plan and communicate with the people who will be affected way before it happens”, he said.