Residential consumers of electricity will from today [1st
April 2018] pay 15 percent less than the tariff they
previously paid.
This is due to the full implementation of the recently
announced electricity tariff reduction from residential and
non-residential power users in the country.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in March
announced a reduction in electricity tariffs of between 17
and 30 percent for residential and commercial consumers.
Though the reduction was scheduled to take effect on March
15, the ECG suggested that its monthly billing system
couldn’t allow the immediate implementation.
The Managing Director of the ECG, Engineer Samuel
Boakye-Appiah in an earlier press conference explained why
the reduction could not take effect as indicated.
He said 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”.
“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 added.
Engineer Boakye-Appiah pointed out that, the prepayment
system will detect aggregate purchase for consumers in
March, and then compute the reduction due them, from the
effective date of 15th March to 31st March.
“This will be refunded to you on your next visit to vending
He stated that the average percentage reduction, which is
15.5 percent for residential, 30 percent for non-residential,
25 percent for SLT and 10 percent for the mines, effective
15th March 2018 is only on energy consumption.
“Therefore the addition of statutory levies and other fixed
charges will reduce the average percentage relief
announced by the PURC”, he noted.