The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Samuel Dubik Mahama, has revealed that the company loses about GH¢25 million whenever it rains in any part of the country.
He said the county incurs the losses since consumption tends to decrease when the weather is cold.
He disclosed this while speaking in an interview on the JoyNews channel on the topic “The Big Power Debate: The High Cost of Keeping the Lights On”.
“Before the rainy season set in, ECG was averaging between GH¢40 to GH¢50 million a day. Now any day that you see rain, note that we’re down by GH¢25 million”.
He stated that the country has been experiencing a rainy season for an extended period this year and that has impacted their operations negatively.
“We plan all-year round with the same tariff. In certain parts of the world, the tariff is not flat. When it is cold, it varies from when it is hot and they find a way to balance it out. But we have a tariff that runs all year without considering the down periods.
“So clearly consumption will be less during these periods and definitely revenue collected will not be adequate enough to cover the shortfalls.
It is about how people live, and how buildings are constructed. With most people, they are comfortable with just the fresh air, they are fine and they are not going to consume a lot because everybody is actually on the path on conservation.”