Electricity in Ghana Tariff reduction to send Ghana back to dumsor - NDC MP

He said the factors that led Ghana to the power crisis (Dumsor) between 2012 to 2015 is still lingering and that any cut in revenue to the power producing companies could have dire consequences.

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A former spokesperson of the Energy Ministry and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bongo, Edward Bawa, says the announced reduction in electricity prices on Monday could plunge the country into another around of power crisis.

He said the factors that led Ghana to the power crisis (Dumsor) between 2012 to 2015 is still lingering and that any cut in revenue to the power producing companies could have dire consequences.

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Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM on Monday, after the Public Utilities and Regulations Commission (PURC) announced a reduction in electricity tariffs, he said the move is to satisfy electoral promise.

He said: “If you look at the challenges that brought us into dumsor, apart from the capacity and fuel security, it also had to do with the financial health of the utilities.

“The current move, the reduction is on the energy charges, it is an encroachment on their revenues because energy charges are one of the accruals that the utilities will make.”

“I know the factors that took us to dumsor. Those factors are still lingering. My fear is that, if we don’t consolidate a make this system robust, and just because of the fact we want to satisfy electoral promises, we go into situations like this we may expose ourselves to yet another dumsor.”

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The PURC on Monday announced a 17.5% tariff cut for residential consumers and 30 percent for non-residential consumers and 10% for mining companies.

The PURC said the key objectives in the tariff review were “to ensure efficient and equitable tariffs and to ensure that tariffs are relevant to the current socio-economic environment.”

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