Power Rate Falls to 39 Cents per kWh

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The management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has approved a reduction in electricity tariff from 49 cents to 39 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

This rate reduction is based on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s annual message to the Legislature reflecting a variation in the cost of energy delivery due to increased generation and loss reduction.
Ian Yhap, LEC Board Chairman, who spoke to journalists yesterday at his Waterside office in Monrovia, said the reduction is a clear manifestation of government’s commitment to provide affordable electricity to its citizens.

“As our power generation increases, we intend to extend our customer base through improvements in the transmission and distribution systems and commensurately continue to reduce tariff as the cost of service dictates.

“We rely on our customers and the public in general to desist from the pilferage of electricity,” he said.

Expanding access to affordable, constant flow of electricity into more communities is essential to achieving sound economic growth and development, Yhap added.

The LEC Board Chairman also said that with greater reduction in the price of electricity, LEC will be able to generate more power and more income for government and expand its customer base in Monrovia.

He said the LEC has realized the importance of customer
relations and the issues customers are raising concerning their dissatisfaction with the corporation’s customer service. “That has to change,” he said.

Mr. Yhap observed that while customers are chasing LEC today for connection, the corporation will instead be chasing customers tomorrow to get them connected, because they’ve got to be connected.

He urged customers to help the company to deliver quality services by reporting illegal connections in Monrovia and its environs.

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