Ghana energy commission chief says power crisis now over

Ghana's power crisis which lingered for more than three years is now over, the Chairman of the country's Energy Commission Kwame Ampofo told local media here Monday.

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“Dumsor itself has been resolved. The fact of the situation is that supply has now exceeded demand; therefore we are not in that dumsor regime,” Ampofo told local radio – Morning Starr.

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The power crisis, referred to in local parlance as Dumsor, led to the country’s main power distributor, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), shedding at critical moments between 600 megawatts of power at peak time and 450 megawatts during off peak periods.

The situation has however improved over the last month but a section of the public says the power crisis is gradually creeping back with recent power outages.

But according to Ampofo, the government has successfully managed the crisis and intends to put in place measures that would prevent the country from encountering such a situation in the future.

“At this particular point in time, we have managed the crisis that existed; now we should go further to ensure that this situation does not arise again…and that is when we can say it has been fixed.”

Ghana’s Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission recently approved new electricity tariffs of nearly 60 percent higher, sparking public outcry. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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