- Residents in the Ashanti Region are angry over persistent power cuts
- The ECG says the challenge has to do with a faulty transmitter
- The Ashanti Region remains the power house of the NPP
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Public resentment is growing in parts of Kumasi against the Electricity Company of Ghana over persistent power outages since the beginning of the year.
Consumers in parts of the city have experienced power cuts, especially in the evenings, without communication from the power company. Some customers of ECG poured their frustrations when they phoned-in to a discussion on Luv FM.
“This is not what we voted Nana Addo for. Government must ensure that this is fixed before it affects the NPP in 2024,” one listener warned.
Meanwhile, the Electricity Company of Ghana is attributing the erratic power supply mainly to transmission challenges from the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO). Erasmus Kyere Baidoo is Public Relation Manager at ECG Ashanti.
“If the transmitter has a challenge then it is not only in Kumasi but all over our substations. For now, I know transmission challenges. We will have it fixed very soon. There is nothing much we can do, “he explained to the radio station.
The ECG’s power supply sources are from hydroelectricity, thermal fueled by crude oil, natural gas and diesel, solar and also imports from La Cote D’Ivoire. Ghana also exports power to Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. Ongoing grid expansions would allow further exports to other neighboring countries in the sub region.
Ghana has a vibrant power generation terrain with players from both the public and private sectors. Reforms in the Power Sector in the 1980’s gradually removed barriers and created a level playing field for the participation of independent power producers in an area which hitherto had only public sector participants.
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The total installed capacity for existing plants in Ghana is 4,132MW consisting of Hydro 38%, Thermal 61% and Solar less than 1%
The Ashanti Region remains the strong hold of the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP). In the just ended elections, President Akufo Addo won the region but with a slight margin.
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