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Companies Abandon ECG For Generators

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Several companies in Kumasi are reportedly switching from the national grid to generators for power supply to run their businesses, it has emerged.

These companies are said to have concluded after months of experimenting that the monthly charge for power supply by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is too exorbitant, hence making the switch.

It has also emerged that some companies have shed off some staff by way of retrenchment since they were operating at a loss due to the high tariffs by the ECG.

Further checks have revealed that most of the hotels in the city have been relying solely on generators for power supply for several months now.

Owners of such hotels are convinced that relying on generators for power supply is far cheaper as compared to the high charges of the ECG.

They particularly complained bitterly about ‘service charge’ from the ECG, which is too huge and therefore collapsing their businesses.

ECG RESPONDS

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Public Relations Manager of ECG, Erasmus Kyere Baidoo, has expressed worry over the switch from the national grid to generators by some companies.

He said on Hello FM that the ECG cannot be blamed for the monthly bills that the companies pay, saying “We are just price takers so we cannot be blamed”.

Mr. Kyere Baidoo noted that the PURC set the prices for power usage in the country, adding that the charges of the ECG are far cheaper as compared to the usage of generators.

He urged ECG customers especially companies that have concerns, regarding ECGs delivery and charges, to officially report to the ECG to solve them amicably.

Source: Kwadwo Essel/ thePublisher

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