The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) hosted a six-member delegation from the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) from 8th to 19th August, 2022.
The objective of the visit was to enable the delegates to study the utility regulatory processes and activities of the PURC. It was also aimed at strengthening the relationship between the PURC and LERC.
Members of the delegation who visited the Commission include Nunudeh S Johnson, Jr. (Tariff Analyst), Jamel Dugbeh (Economic and Financial Analyst), Abu Dekontee Sanso (Head, Technical Regulation Unit), Cllr. Minnie Paegar-Kallon (Head, Legal, Licensing & Public Affairs), and Cllr. Jeddi Mowbray Armah (Legal Counsel), Crispin J. Tulay (Public Affairs and Communication Officer)
In his welcome address, Dr. Ishmael Ackah, the Executive Secretary of PURC, expressed his gratitude to the delegates for recognizing the Commission’s impact and regulatory efforts within the energy and the water industry, and for identifying the PURC as a model utility regulator to be understudied. He assured the delegates of the Commission’s cooperation and fruitful deliberations.
The delegates were taken through PURC’s Tariff Structure and Methodology, Regulatory Framework, Complaints Management Procedure and Mediation, Stakeholder Management, Legal procedures, Energy Services and Performance Monitoring, as well as Water Services and Performance Monitoring among other operational activities of the Commission. The delegation also participated in a mediation and settlement meeting on electricity and water complaints for a practical experience of the mediation process.
As part of their activities during the study visit, the delegates visited the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) to study their control systems and operations and ended their study with a visit to and tour of the Akosombo Hydroelectric Power Plant.