Trends of electricity tariff increases and adjustments from 2010 to 2022

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Trends of electricity tariff increases and adjustments

Coverghana.com.gh has conducted a research into electricity tariff fluctuations in the country and has therefore uncovered the trends of electricity tariff increases and adjustments from 2010 to 2022.

This follows after the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has announced the approved tariff increments for water and electricity effective September 1, 2022.

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According to the PURC, water tariff and electricity tariff proposals from the Ghana Water Company Limited and Electricity Company of Ghana respectively have been adjusted at reduced percentages. The statement from PURC has confirmed 21.55% water tariff and electricity tariff of 27.15% for all consumers.

Meanwhile the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) had demanded 148% increase in tariff while Ghana Water Company Limited also demanded 334% increase in tariff.

A critical look at the tariff structure as announced reveals that all residential consumers who falls between 0-300 kWh bracket have witnessed a price increase from GHp/kWh 65.4161 to GHp/kWh89.0422, representing an increment of almost 34%.

It should be noted that the bulk of residential consumers fall within the 0-300 kWh bracket and will therefore be adversely affected by the 34% adjustment.

Explaining that, the PURC said, in balancing interests of the service providers and consumers, the PURC acknowledged that the very economic variables that have occasioned the steep increases proposed by the service providers also affect the consumers.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), however, admitted that some level of increases in utility tariffs were inevitable if the nation was to avoid another power crisis and its attendant effects including job losses.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) loses about GHS3.2 billion to power theft by consumers and other operational loses.

The table below shows trends of electricity tariff increases and adjustment from 2010 to 2022.

SERVICE PROVIDER ECG
2010 89%
2011 10%
2013 58.19%
2014 28.4%
2015 90.9%
2019 17.6%
2022 27.2%

 

PROPOSED TARIFFS BY ECG AND GWCL AND APPROVOED TARIFF BY TURC
SERVICE PROVIDER PROPOSED TARIFF APPROVED TARIFF
Ghana water company 334% 21.55%
Electricity company of Ghana 148% 27.15%

 

The tables below show the New water and electricity tariff adjustments for consumers 2022
RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS: LIFELINE CUSTOMERS
CUSTOMER CATEGORY MEASURE OLD TARIFF NEW TARIFFS EFFECTIVE 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2022
0 – 30KWH (EXCLUSIVE) GHP/KWH 32.6060 41.9065
SERVICE CHARGE GHS/MONTH 2.1300 2.1300

 

Lifeline customer are the very poor people in the society who consumes electricity between 0 – 30KWH.

ALL OTHER RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

CUSTOMER CATEGORY MEASURE OLD TARIFF NEW TARIFFS EFFECTIVE 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2022
0 – 300KWH GHP/KWH 65.4161 89.0422
301 – 600 KWH GHP/KWH 84.8974 115.5595
601 + KWH GHP/KWH 94.3304 128.3995
SERVICE CHARGE GHS/MONTH 7.4569 10.7309

 

NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
CUSTOMER CATEGORY MEASURE OLD TARIFF NEW TARIFFS EFFECTIVE 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2022
0 – 300 KWH

 

GHP/KWH 79.7943 83.7841
Hairdressing and beauty parlous/saloons, barbering shops, tailoring and dress making shops, etc. GHP/KWH 79.7943 83.7841
301 – 600 KWH GHP/KWH 84.9097 89.1552
601+ KWH GHP/KWH 133.9765 133.0919
SERVICE CHARGE GHS/MONTH 12.4282 12.4282

 

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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