The Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Hon Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has asked the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Volta River Authority (VRA) to make demand side management of electricity an integral part of their short and long term planning.
Speaking at a meeting with mining companies and the utilities in Accra on Friday, he said there was the need for the utilities to ensure that they include in their plans actions that will influence how much electricity one uses or when one uses electricity.
The Minister said the goal is to encourage users to use less power during peak hours, or to move the time of power use to off-peak times.
The meeting was convened at the instance of the Minister to discuss ways of containing the current electricity supply challenges and a possible reduction of power supply during peak periods to industrial users who are the bulk users of power.
The shortfall, according to VRA, is as a result of erratic gas supply from Nigeria as well the shutting down of some units for maintenance. This is expected to last till the end of March.
The Minister said one of the challenges the country was facing includes the availability of fuel for the power plants, hence the decision to form the ?first gas task force? to ensure early delivery of gas from the Jubilee field.
He stated further that the development of the TEN project and the Sankofa Gye Nyame fields will in the medium to long term secure fuel to run the plants, adding that alternative fuel sources such LNG are also being explored.
The representatives of industry, on their part, pledged support for the intended move, saying that, they are ready to collaborate with the government to overcome this short term challenge.