Utility Service Providers will not get the huge tariff adjustments they’ve proposed- PURC
The Public Utility Utilities Regulatory Commission says utility service providers won’t get the huge proposed tariffs they have requested.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Takoradi Public Hearing on the proposed tariff review for 2022-2027, Technical Committee Chairman of PURC, Ishmael Edjekumhene, disclosed that the utility firms would not get the huge margins they had proposed.
“We are now beginning the detailed analysis of the proposals to see how prudent their (utilities) cost are to see the extent to which they’ve complied with the guidelines that we provided to them and then ultimately, once we’ve looked at all the numbers provided, we will take a decision. That decision can either go up, stay the same or come down because in 2018 the commission looked at all the numbers and was able to tell Ghanaians or tell the utilities that even though you are asking for an increment we think that the tariff should come down.”
“So once we are satisfied with the analysis, what Ghanaians should expect is an announcement. If you go and compare the history of tariffs setting in Ghana and you compare the proposals as submitted by the utilities to what is ultimately approved, you will see that there’s a vast difference. It is not going to be a straightforward matter in the sense that we are coming to look at the numbers and what I’m certain of is that there is nowhere some of the things they are talking about are going to end up being the cost that consumers are going to pay”, he said.
Meanwhile, he has revealed that several respondents in research conducted are willing to pay more for power if the services rendered by the power providers are better than it is now.
“47% of about 851 respondents in a survey we conducted indicated that they are willing to expect some adjustments on the condition that services will improve. So this year, in September, PURC is launching a customer service clinic so that utilities will tell customers that you can apply for a meter even if you don’t know any big man and that it will take you three days for you to get the meter even if you don’t know any honourable member. If we are able to do these things, I think it will reduce the number of PowerPoint slides you present at these forums just to make a case for the increment to consumers”, he said.