Akufo-Addo’s claim of Solving ‘Dumsor’ Challenged by Energy Expert

Accra, Ghana – Xatse Derick Emmanuel, a Research Analyst at the Institute for Energy Security (IES), has cast doubt on President Nana Akufo-Addo’s assertion that he has solved the perennial power crisis, popularly known as “dumsor”.

The President’s statement, made at the Workers’ Day parade on May 1, failed to acknowledge the long-standing generational deficit, which Xatse Derick argues is a crucial aspect of addressing the power supply challenges.

According to Xatse Derick, data from the Ghana GRID Company Limited (GRIDCo) System Control Center reveals a significant gap between power generation and peak demand.

In a Facebook post, the energy expert said on April 30, the generation peak at 10 pm was 3539 MW, while on May 1st, 2024, it was 3264 MW, falling short of the peak demand of approximately 3750 MW.

Xatse questions how the President can claim to have solved the power crisis when the data shows a persistent generation deficit.

He suspects that the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, may have misled the President on the matter.

He also warned that the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) may be engaging in PR efforts to create a false impression of progress.

The IES Analyst’s critique highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of the power sector’s challenges and a data-driven approach to addressing them.

The President’s claim of solving dumsor, Xatse Derick argues, contradicts the reality on the ground, and he urges a more comprehensive strategy to ensure a stable power supply.

Below is his Facebook post

The President said he has solved dumsor. However, there was no admission of the reality of generational deficit. How can you be solving a problem that doesn’t exist?. Of course, he will be misled by the Energy Minister.

Incontrovertible data from the Ghana GRID Company Limited (GRIDCo) System Control Center shows that the generation peak on May 30th at 10pm was 3539 MW. On May 1st, 2024, at 10 pm, the generation peak was 3264 MW. Remember, 10pm is the peak demand period. Meanwhile, your peak demand is about 3750 MW.

All of these, the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited ECG will be doing PR work as if they generate power or transmit power generated.

So where have you met your peak demand, let alone guaranteeing a stable power supply?

This contradicts the data on the ground. Maybe the President was misled again!

Xatse Derick Emmanuel
Institute for Energy Security – IES


Source: Myxyzonline. com

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