The Electricity Company of Ghana(ECG) has announced that eventhough the scheduled reduction in tariffs is supposed to be implemented today, consumers should expect a reduction in their billing by April, 01, 018.
According to the ECG, the implementation cannot reflect on the bills of consumers due to the monthly cycle billing system used by the state-power distributor.
Public Utilities Regulatory Commission(PURC) last week announced a downward review of electricity tariffs, effective 15th March 2018.
The major tariff review comes after an extensive stakeholder consultations, detailed technical analysis of utility tariff proposals and consideration of inputs and concerns of consumers.
Per the summary of the approved percentage reductions residential consumers will enjoy 17.5% reduction with Non-Residential consumers enjoying 30% with Special Load Tariff Customers (LV, MV & Hv and Mines enjoying 25% and 10% respectively.
However, the Managing Director of ECG, Ingineer Samuel Boakye-Appiah addressing a press conference in the capital-Accra said the reduction will reflect next month, adding the prepayment system will detect aggregate purchase for consumers on the month of March, which will be refunded to them on their next visit to vending points.
“Consequently, prepaid customers of ECG should note that the programming of the billing system will refund the reduction from the implementation date of the 15th to 31st March 2018. When they deposit cash or purchase electricity from 1st April 2018 onwards,” he stated.
He explained that “the monthly billing cycle of the prepayment metering system does not technically allow ECG to implement the review in the middle of the month”.