Change your attitude to pay less for electricity – Energy expert


The executive director of the Institute for Energy Policy and Research, Kwadwo Poku, called on Ghanaians to change their attitude towards paying electricity bills if they want to pay lower tariffs to the government.

According to him, Ghanaians are charged more for electricity because the country has a bad payment culture, resulting in losses for the power company.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, November 27, he said it was this bad payment culture that drove the utility company to introduce prepayment meters.

Describing prepayment meters as a costly solution to a bad payment culture, he explained that the cost of acquiring these prepaid meters is then shared out of the tariff paid to the company, resulting in the high cost of the electricity in Ghana.

He also added that due to the nature of prepaid meters, it was quite easy for users to bypass them as meter readers no longer come for inspections as often as they used to.

He said: “I will tell you for sure that many countries do not believe in prepayment meters, and the reason is just that when you install a prepayment meter, it means your meter readers stop going. in this facility. When they stop going to this facility, if I have bypassed the meter even in plain sight, there is no one coming to see.

On the other hand, with the old meters, he said: “If a meter reader comes there and maybe he finishes his round maybe around 5 pm and he knows he has disconnected this house and that ‘he sees the light on it tells him that basically they bypassed the meter or something, but if he’s never there you don’t see him.

“So developing countries like us, some of them choose not to have prepaid meters, but they impose collection and disconnection. “

He said remedying the culture’s poor payment of utility bills in the country could go a long way in reducing the high cost of electricity tariffs that citizens pay.

According to him, this could lead to a halt in the importation of the expensive prepayment meters and, as a result, Ghanaians will not have to pay extra to receive electricity.

“I mean countries are different, we can go the prepayment route, but it’s an expensive solution. Prepayment meters are expensive, so we have to accept that our cost is therefore higher than a country whose philosophy is to pay its bills. And we can’t sit here and complain that our electricity is too expensive, “na who cause am I?” “

“If we pay our bills, we can get slightly cheaper electricity. The utility will not have such a high interest cost while it makes the payment, it will not have to import expensive prepayment meters, its electricity suppliers will not request long periods of letters of credit for the power supply that have a cost on them.

“When we have a bad payment culture, and it’s you and me, it makes our lives more expensive. We are part of the problems, so we must own the solution. Basically, accepting that until we change our attitude, we will pay a little more, ”he explained.


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