The Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu, says the Akufo-Addo administration’s renegotiation of power deals has reduced charges by 30 percent.
Among the renegotiated agreements are the Karpower and Aska deals.
“In all these negotiations we have done, we have been able to reduce charges by about 30 percent. Several amounts of money have been saved as a result of these negotiations,” he said on The Point of View.
This notwithstanding, Mr. Amewu said Ghana still had some excess capacity to deal with.
Ghana’s installed capacity of 5,083 megawatts is almost double the peak demand of around 2,700 megawatts.
The increased capacity was as a result of attempts to address the power crisis under the Mahama administration.
Of the installed capacity, 2,300 megawatts has been contracted on a take-or-pay basis meaning Ghana is contractually obliged to pay for the excess capacity though it does not consume it.
Because of this structure, the Finance Minister, a year ago, notably said the country was in a “state of emergency” as far as the energy sector was concerned.
At the time, the Minister said Ghana was paying GHS2.5 billion annually for power generation capacity that was not needed.
In light of this, Mr. Amewu said: “what we decided to do and what we are doing now is to see how we create demand outside the country.”
“Today in Ghana, we are exporting almost about 260 megawatts. We can go beyond 260 megawatts.”
The government has thus started the construction of Ghana Grid Company facilities to aid export.
“The difficult is that, power is not like a normal commodity. Power is derived demand so even if you have the excess, and you want to export to Ivory Coast, the infrastructure must be available in Burkina Faso or Ivory Coast before you send it,” Mr. Amewu explained.