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08.05.2007 General News

Govt Can’t Absorb Tariff Increases

The government will no longer absorb tariff increases approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in respect of non-residential customers, including industries.

A statement signed by the Chairman of the PURC, Mr Kwame Pianim, explained that in the electricity sector, the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) were being requested to make appropriate arrangements to produce bills reflecting the tariff increases approved by the commission in May 2006.

It said the bills, which must be produced from May 1, 2007, would rope in categories such as the non-residential, SLT-low voltage, SLT-medium voltage and SLT-high voltage.

The statement said with respect to the water sector, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) had been requested to bill customers in the commercial/industrial, special commercial rate and public institutions/gvernment departments with the tariffs approved in May 2006.

With regard to electricity, it said those who consumed between one and 300 units in the non-residential category would pay ¢1,020; between 301-600 units would pay ¢1,250, with those consuming 600 units and above paying ¢1,450, while a service charge of ¢25,000 per month would be paid by all those in category.

It said for SLT-LV a service charge of ¢75,000 would be paid, while energy charge per KWh would be ¢1,200.

The statement said for SLT-MV, ¢90,000 would be paid for maximum demand kVA a month, with an energy charge of ¢500 and a service charge of ¢125,000.

It said for SLT-HV, ¢90,000 would be paid for maximum demand kVA a month with an energy charge of ¢450 and service charge of ¢125,000.

For the water tariffs, it said a flat rate of ¢8,150 would be charged on commercial/industrial and public institutions/government department users using between 20 and 1,000 litres per month, while a special commercial rate of ¢20,375 would be charged for the same amount of litres.

It said unmetered premises would pay a flat rate of ¢28,794 per house per month, while premises without connection, that is, public standpipes, pay ¢4,850 per 1,000 litres per month.

It added that the fee for reconnection of commercial/industry category would be ¢92,141.