Energy Commission Takes Save A Watt Campaign To Accra

Ghana loses about 300 megawatts of power annually due to illegal power connection and improper cable installations Nii Laryea Afotey Abgo,Greater Accra Regional Minister has said.

Nii Laryea Afotey Abgo said about 73% of electricity generated nationally are supplied to individual households, stressing that the country could conserve more power if people use electricity judiciously.

The Regional Minister said this during a public forum on the Save a watt ‘campaign organised by the Energy Commission here in Accra.

He said the current intermittent power outages currently being experience in the country had decrease production in both formal and informal economic set up.

The Regional Minister therefore appealed to the public to conserve electricity by ensuring that they switch off all electrical appliances and gadgets whenever they leave home for work. A demonstration by school children from media junior high school from Amasaman appealed to the public to help conserve electricity by taking advantage of the nationwide refrigerator replacement exercise being undertaken by energy Commission and replace their old and second hand refrigerator with new ones.

Mr.Victor Owusu of the public Affairs department of the energy commission said the country ought to add 100 megawatts of power annually before it could meet the national demand which he noted required huge sums of money for the construction of more power plants and thermals. He said, the save a watt campaign was necessary to sensitise consumers on the need to conserve energy.

The board chairman of the Energy Commission, Dr. Kwame Ampofo gave the advice at the Greater Accra forum of the save a watt campaign which mainly constituted school children which the Energy Commission hopes to use as ambassadors. The save a watt campaign train which took off last June has run through all the regional capitals, with Accra being the final destination.

Even though Dr. Ampofo said the energy crises could be addressed with good planning and investment; he noted that in the interim there is a role for all to play’. According to Dr. Ampofo, about 160 megawatts (MW) of energy went waste, equivalent to the capacity of Kpone power station.

The implication, he said, was that under the circumstances, the generation of every megawatt from the Kpone power station only went to offset the waste in the system.

According to Dr. Ampofo the deficit could be redeemed in two main ways one, if consumers switched off their refrigerators during peak hours as by building a 300 megawatts power plant which would come at a cost of about 600 million dollars.

The executive secretary of the Energy Commission, Dr. Alfred Ofosu Ahenkrah said saving energy had serious economic implications given the fact that the availability of energy had a positive impact on economic growth. Renowned Ghanaian musician, Kojo Antwi,who is playing a key role in the campaign as energy conservation ambassador thrilled the audience with some of his popular songs.

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