The energy relief package announced by President Akufo-Addo will price governing administration ¢1 billion, the Vitality Minister, Peter Amewu has disclosed.
The President introduced three months of free energy for buyers of a unique class, to make up for shed earnings subsequent the coronavirus lockdown in Accra and Kumasi.
He explained the selection is element of extra actions remaining taken by federal government to mitigate the affect the outbreak of the virus is acquiring on the general public.
“We’ve made a decision on further measures of mitigation for all Ghanaians for the following three months, i.e April, Might and June. Govt will completely soak up electric power costs for the poorest of the lousy, i.e, for all people. That is no cost electric power for individuals who eat from -50 kilowatt-hours a month for this interval,” the President informed the country.
In addition, the President mentioned govt will also absorb 50% of energy costs for people in household places as effectively as these engaged in business pursuits all through the period of time working with their March 2020 invoice as the benchmark.
Giving a breakdown of the distribution of the relief package deal throughout three utility providers – Electric power Corporation of Ghana (ECG), Volta River Authority (VRA) and Northern Electrical energy Distribution Organization (NEDCo) – Mr Amewu reported shoppers of all these companies will be positively affected by the aid.
He spelled out that lifeline customer in Ghana, is a person who works by using just one tv set, two light bulbs, a table best fridge and a supporter for a restricted variety of hrs.
So any shopper with these appliances and employs them on each day foundation is deemed as a lifeline purchaser.
ECG’s shopper population of one particular million (calculated in phrases of metres) implies that “at the existing tariff level, governing administration is absorbing practically an total of ₵8.5 million for each thirty day period. For non-lifeline buyers of which 2,780,886 are residential and 1,608 are particular reduced tariff consumers, a 50 per cent price reduction on their electric power invoice will translate to ₵235. 4 million per month.
“The total reduction for ECG shoppers for each month dependent the believed earnings is thus ₵244 million translating into ₵732 million for the three months,” Mr Amewu in depth.
The relief for all NEDCo buyers on the other hand interprets to about ₵47 million per month, totaling ₵141 million for the 3-thirty day period interval.
“This comprises a reduction of about ₵10.9 million per thirty day period or ₵32.9 million for a few months for a populace of 5,069 lifestyle customers.”
For NEDCo’s non-existence shoppers, who make 60.67 percent of its populace, governing administration will be paying out ₵36 million per month or ₵108 million for the a few months.
Governing administration is offering a whole aid of ₵55.5 million for each thirty day period for shoppers of the VRA. This figure interprets to ₵166.4 million for a few months.
“The VRA reduction comprises 12 mining prospects at ₵42.4 million for each month or a complete of ₵127.2 million for 3 months and a ₵4.8 million regular relief totaling ₵14.4 million for the Volta Aluminum Business (VALCO),” Mr Amewu reported.
He added that the invoice for other producing clients like Aluworks, Diamond Cement, Savanna Cement, Enclave Power Constrained stands at ₵7.9 million for every month, totaling ₵23.7 million for the a few month period.
“Overall, the authorities is furnishing a cumulative aid of an amount of money equal of just one billion cedis, close to masking a purchaser populace of about 4.8 metres throughout Ghana for the 3 thirty day period interval,” he reported.