Energy consumers should by 2023 choose their own power suppliers. This is according to the Energy Commission.
The Energy Commission is looking to position in the country in a place where private companies can offer services of electricity distribution. This means that government will not be the sole entity in the business.
Citibusinessnews.com reports that the move is part of reforms being undertaken to make the power supply sub-sector more competitive.
Per the new arrangement, smaller private entities will be given the license to distribute power regardless of the meter they use.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will thus, not be the only power distributing company in the country.
The current system limits consumers to purchase power from only one source including the Electricity Company of Ghana, ECG.
Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Ofosu Ahenkorah explained that incentives are being put in place to make the power distribution sub-sector more efficient.
He is quoted as saying: “If you have multiple buyers and sellers then you create competition...So in five years’ time, every household can choose its supplier”.
Access to electricity has increased across the country over the years. Currently, 81 percent households have electricity with 84 percent communities connected.
Ghana has faced challenges with electricity over the last five or so years and although some of the problem is down to ECG, a lot has to do with power generation.
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