Electricity tariff increases nearly 60 percent in Ghana

Ghana's independent utility regulator, the Public Utility and Regulatory Commission (PURC), on Monday announced hikes in electricity and water tariffs ahead of the Christmas festivities.


Electricity tariff was raised by 59.2 percent while water tariff by 67.2 percent, effective Dec. 14.

The increment has followed national consultations among the public for adjustment in utility tariffs.

The commission said it had taken several factors into consideration in arriving at the latest increment.

A statement from the commission said the tariffs alone could not raise the needed capital for utility service providers to operate effectively.

“In this regard the commission is urging the government to continue sourcing funds to supplement the tariff income for infrastructural purposes,” it said.

The increment comes at a period when Ghana has experienced several months of load shedding. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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