Free electricity for lifeline customers to begin August 1-ECG

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) said from Saturday, August 1, 2020 it will begin the implementation of government’s electricity relief for lifeline customers as part of efforts to ease the hardship COVID-19 has brought on Ghanaians.

According to a statement from the ECG, the relief will end in January 2021.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta announced on July 23, 2020, while presenting the 2020 mid-year budget review in Parliament, that the government will absorb the full electricity bills for lifeline customers for the rest of the year.

The ECG statement said lifeline customers are those who consume up to 50kilowatts per month, adding that “lifeline customers on both prepaid and postpaid metering systems will realize their relief effective August 2020 to January 2021.”

ECG further said customers on smart prepaid meters will be automatically credited next month with their free lifeline units, while customers on non-smart prepaid meters would have to visit their vending points to recharge in order to receive their free lifeline units each month.

“With regards to postpaid lifeline customers, their bills from August 2020 will indicate the government’s absorption of their lifeline consumption,” the statement added.

Below is the statement from ECG

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