The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has identified high heat waves as a factor affecting power supply efficiency in specific locations of the country.
According to William Boateng, Director of Communications at ECG, high ambient temperatures, combined with higher power demand at this time of year, have resulted in overloading in several operating areas.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Boateng said that there has been a 10% increase in electrical usage since December, putting pressure on their power lines.
Despite past worries about power generating limitations, Boateng highlighted that the present troubles were unrelated to generation issues, which had since been resolved.
“The issue of the generational shortages has been fixed. But outages are still being experienced in some areas and that is mainly due to the increase in power demand at this time of the year when the extremely high temperature means prolonged use of cooling appliances,” Mr. Boateng stated.
He advised users to report any localised outages and voltage fluctuations to the ECG Call Centre so that they may be resolved quickly.
William Boateng emphasized the good advances in ECG’s services, citing continued facility investments.
In 2024, the corporation intends to increase efficiency while continuing its loss reduction strategy started the previous year.
ECG intends to purchase 800,000 smart prepaid meters to handle the backlog of orders.
This involves servicing consumers on the waiting list, fixing malfunctioning meters, and switching practically all post-paid customers to smart prepaid meters, especially in regional municipal and district capitals.
“It is an ongoing project, but this year, we are targeting to secure 800,000 management system compliant meters or what we simply refer to as smart prepaid meters to clear the backlog, serve those on the waiting list, as well as roll all post-paid customers…onto the prepaid service.
“That will help us to better monitor the integrity and functioning of our meters and services as part of our loss reduction project,” Boateng explained.