Utility providers won’t get anything close to their proposed rates – PURC

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Even before the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) completes its ongoing national public hearing on the proposed tariff revisions, the commission says utility providers will not get anything close to their huge tariff demands.

PURC Technical Committee Chairman Ishmael Edjekumhene addressing Citi News on the sidelines of Takoradi’s public hearing on proposed tariff review for 2022-2027, said that although PURC is still considering a number of things, utility companies will not get the huge margins they had proposed.

“We are now starting the detailed analysis of the proposals to see how conservative their cost (of utilities) is to see how well they have complied with the guidelines we have given them, and then finally, once we have looked all the numbers provided we will make a decision that decision can either go up stay the same or go down because in 2018 the commission looked at all the numbers and was able to tell Ghanaians or the utilities that even if you ask for a increase, we think the tariff should come down.”

“So once we are happy with the analysis, what Ghanaians should expect is an announcement. If you go to compare the history of tariff setting in Ghana and compare the proposals submitted by the utilities to what is finally approved, you will see that there is a big difference. It’s not going to be a straightforward question in the sense that we’re going to look at the numbers and what I’m certain of is that there’s nowhere that some of the things that they’re talking about will end up being the cost consumers are going pay,” he said.

PURC Executive Secretary Dr. Ishmael Ackah, also speaking at the public hearing organized by Takoradi on the tariff proposals, said that the utility companies could have done themselves good if their service delivery had been better all this time and could have helped them out of the resistance. by consumers to pay more.

“47% of some 851 respondents to a survey we conducted said they were prepared to expect some adjustments provided services improved. So this year in September PURC is launching a customer service clinic for utilities to tell customers that you can ask for a meter even if you don’t know a big man and it will take you three days to get the meter even if you don’t know any honorable members. If we are able to do these things, I think it will reduce the number of PowerPoint slides you present on these forums just to advocate for the increase for consumers,” he said.

The Utilities Regulatory Commission’s Takoradi public hearing on the proposed tariff review for 2022-2027 is the third after Accra and Ho in a series of nationwide public hearings to allow utilities to explain to consumers the rationale for their huge tariff increase proposals.

Meanwhile, the majority of consumers who spoke at Takoradi’s hearing rejected the tariff increase proposal.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is requesting a 148% tariff increase while the Ghana Water Company Limited is requesting a 343% tariff increase.

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