Sun. Oct 20th, 2019

Don’t implement tariff increase proposal from consultant—TUC to gov’t

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged government not to implement an electricity tariff proposal from a consultant, Fitchner Management Consulting, which seeks to remove the two upper blocks of residential class consumers in the existing structure.

If removed the poor who consume lower rate of electricity will be hard hit by price increase.

According to the TUC, the proposal, if implemented, may also result in a significant increase in electricity tariffs.

The TUC communicated this in a statement in reaction to the Mid-Year budget review.

Expressing its satisfaction in the recent reduction in electricity tariffs from 17% to 30% across the various categories of customers, the union warned that any attempt to adopt the proposal from the Fitchner Management Consulting will make Ghanaians worse off.

It warned that Many Ghanaians, including workers and their families, are within the Residential Consumers category.

The statement explained that considering the low level of wages in the country any increase in tariffs, as proposed in the Fitchner tariff plan would further increase cost of living and negatively affect standards of living for a significant section of the Ghanaian population.

It proposed that the effective way to ensure access to a sustainable, reliable and affordable supply of power is for government to invest in renewable energy projects and to provide a conducive policy environment to encourage the private sector to invest in solar and other renewable energy projects.

Source:Citinewsroom.com

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