ECG Attributes Power Outages to Financial Struggles, Urges Public Payment Support

by Louisa Afful
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Addressing a forum organized by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the energy sector, Kwadwo Obeng, Deputy Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), partially attributed recent power outages to financial challenges. He called on Ghanaians to settle their electricity bills promptly to aid ECG in maintaining stable power supply across the country. Obeng highlighted that besides financial issues, planned maintenance activities and inadequate gas supply to thermal plants also contribute to the intermittent electricity supply.

“PURC has introduced mechanisms to tackle some of our financial challenges, but it’s crucial for consumers to fulfill their payment obligations,” Obeng emphasized during the forum. He explained the complex chain where electricity is purchased, transmitted, sold, and revenues collected to pay independent power producers (IPPs) and gas suppliers. However, he acknowledged inefficiencies in this process, leading to difficulties in revenue collection and payment to suppliers, which in turn impacts ECG’s operations.

Obeng further noted, “These financial constraints may lead to dumsor. At ECG, we face significant challenges in collecting revenue from our customers.”


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