ECG to demand certs before giving meters

Dr. Kwame Ampofo(right),Board Chairman,Energy Commission presenting  a Certificate to Mr. Godwin Korshie-Sherrie.Photo; Mercy Amparbeng

Dr. Kwame Ampofo(right),Board Chairman,Energy Commission presenting a Certificate to Mr. Godwin Korshie-Sherrie.

Residential and commercial buildings in the country will from next year, be required to produce a wiring certificate to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) before meters are be issued to them.

This comes at the heels of a Legislative Instrument (LI) known as the Electrical Wiring Regulations passed by Parliament in 2012.

The board chairman of the Energy Commission, Dr. Kwame Ampofo, who disclosed this at the 6th Electrical Wiring Certificate Award Ceremony in Accra yesterday, said the commission would extend the enforcement of the LI to cover all existing buildings next year.

In all, a total of 1,233 electricians were presented with certificates after successfully completing training and passing an Electrical Wiring Examination by the Energy Commission, bringing the total number of certified electricians and inspectors since the commission began the wiring examination six years ago, to about 4,000.

Dr. Ampofo explained that the enforcement of the LI began in phases since it was passed into law in 2012, adding that the commission had now reached the final phase of enforcing the LI nationwide.

“This was after we had given ample time for existing buildings and those under construction to employ the services of certified electricians for the wiring,” he said.

According to him, buildings were required by the LI to employ the services of certified electricians to conduct the wiring before ECG could connect them to the national grid.

Dr. Ampofo further disclosed a review of the Ghana Building Code would enjoin commercial and residential buildings to install solar systems to provide a certain percentage of solar energy to complement that of the ECG.

He said the revised code would soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing for consideration and approval after the board had finalised the review processes.

“The percentage of solar energy that should be provided by future buildings would be determined by stakeholders before the code is finally approved by the government for implementation nationwide,” he stressed.

The Director in charge of Technical Regulations and Renewable Energy Promotions at the Energy Commission, Dr. Nii Darko K. Asante, urged estate developers and contractors to engage the services of certified electricians on their project to ensure quality.

He warned that buildings and other property that did not employ the services of professional electricians for its connections would be disallowed from being provided electricity.

“From next year, we will expect all premises that require an electricity connection to have been wired by the Certified Electrical Wiring Professional (CEWP). If you fail to use the service of CEWP, then neither ECG nor Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) will connect you to electricity,” he said.

Dr. Asante charged CEWPs not to succumb to pressure from recalcitrant building owners who entice them with money to endorse their wiring systems especially when the wiring was poorly conducted.

He further advised the CEWPs to be guided by the code of ethics that governs their work as anyone who breached the regulations or violate their ethics would be sanctioned.

According to him, the examination provided an opportunity for apprentice and other trained electricians to be certified to conduct professional work in the country.

Charles Amankwa and Benedicta Ampadu Okyere

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