Resilience Of Energy Sector Dependent On Energy Conservation-Energy Commission

The resilience of Ghana’s energy sector depends on the commitment of electricity consumers to energy conservation measures, the Energy Commission said. The country, it noted, was able to save 70 megawatts of electricity during the 2014 World Cup as domestic consumers heeded the Commission’s advice to use electricity prudently when the energy situation was critical. That success justified the launch of the nationwide energy conservation drive. Mr Victor Owusu, Public Affairs Manager of the Energy Commission made these observations at the Commission’s “SAVE A WATT”, National Road-Show campaign in Ho. He said the Commission was therefore focusing its energy conservation campaign towards changing wasteful use of electricity by households, offices and businesses, energy inefficient electrical appliances and unprofessional wiring of buildings. Mr Owusu said the Commission aims at inculcating the habit of energy conservation among children, so that when they become adults, they will adopt energy conservation measures. He said the Commission would also use the platform of Churches and Mosques for its energy conservation drive. Mr Owusu said leaving the lights on, in and around kiosks and containers on week-ends constitutes a significant drain on the national electricity grid. He cited the instance where a 10-watt bulb was used by each container or kiosk, saying a total of 100 megawatts of electricity would be lost by 10 million kiosks and containers every weekend. Mr Solomon Sarpong, Senior Programme Officer, Technical Regulation, Energy Commission said as from the beginning of year 2015, only houses wired by the Commission’s certified wiring professionals would have electricity extended to them by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). He said anyone who would require the services of such certified professionals in the Volta Region should contact 0208160493 or the Commission on 0506344713. Mr Robert Amewuda, acting Volta Regional Director of the ECG, said energy conservation was not about affordability of the utility by consumers, but rather that it be fairly available to every consumer.