Arrest perpetrators of illegal connections – CPA tells ECG, GWCL

Director of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) Mr Kofi Kapito, has called for the arrest and prosecution of persons engaged in illegal power and water connections.
“You arrest them for illegal connection…” he said on the First Take show on 3FM with Dzifa Bampoh, Tuesday May 10.
He added that “Consumers are not getting value for money when it comes to electricity and water.”
Meanwhile, the management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has decided to scale up actions against illegal connections in the country.
General Manager for Regulatory management at the ECG, Sylvia Norshie, said on the Sunrise show on 3FM Tuesday May 10 that the Covid pandemic slowed down efforts of the state power distributor to tackle the illegal connections.
“ECG was doing well when it comes to tackling illegal connection but during the pandemic our presence on the field were very minimal. Now that the Covid is over we will go all out,” she told host Alfred Ocansey.
The management of the ECG has made a proposal to the PURC to increase electricity tariffs by up to 148 per cent covering 2019 to 2022.
The state power distributor also proposed an average increase of 7.6% in tariff over the next four years to cover Distribution Service Charges (DSC).
The attributed the high increase in the Distribution Service Charges
“The result of ECG’s tariff proposal for the next five years shows an approximately 148% increase on the current DSC1 in 2022 and an average increase of 7.6% year on year from 2023 to 2026.
“The high increase in the DSC1 for year 2022 could be attributed to the gap that has developed over the years between the actual cost recovery tariff and the PURC approved tariffs as well as the cost of completed projects”.
“Similarly, ECG’s proposed DSC2 shows a higher increase of 28.4% in first year (2022) while that of the subsequent years’ increases by an average of 2% from 2022 to 2026”, it added.
The management of ECG also indicated that its financial sustainability is important as it impacts on the entire energy sector.
“The financial sustainability of the Electricity Company of Ghana is important as it impacts on the entire energy sector. With the huge investment needs facing the distribution industry over the next five years, it is expected that the proposed tariff increases would inevitably be approved to sustain efficient and reliable electricity service.”
“Over the next five years, the DSC will need to increase consistently (average of 7.6%) to cover distribution cost. It is expected that the approved BGC would correspond with the commercial terms of PPAs (Power Plant Agreements)”, it added.

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