Deputy Minister of Energy responsible for Finance and Infrastructure and Member of Parliament for Effia, Joseph Cudjoe, has pointed out that there are plans to transform Ghana’s energy system from fossil fuels to an energy efficient programme.
Following a question from the Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Mr. Ras Mubarak, on how plans would be outlined to achieve the energy efficiency transformation, Mr. Cudjoe stated that the Ministry has outlined three sustainable energy and energy efficiency programmes under the Paris Agreement and the National Renewable Energy Master Plan.
In further explanation on the floor of Parliament, Mr. Cudjoe indicated that the energy transformation would be focused on wind energy, biomass and double energy efficiency.
The Deputy Energy Minister again stated that “wind energy would be used to attain a minimum of 150 Mega Watts of electricity with the possibility to increase up to 650 Mega Watts by 2030 based on the grid upgrade and anticipated drop in the price of wind turbines. 100 to 300 Mega Watts of power would be generated from Woody Biomass and municipal wastes. Also, there would be replacement of compact fluorescent lamps with Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps in residential and non residential premises, and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights with LED”.
The Deputy Minister revealed that information received from the Ghana Standard Authority indicates that some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) cheat customers at their pump stations. He stated that his Ministry is not aware of any fines issued by the standard authority to the OMCs for cheating consumers of petroleum products at the pump.
“According to the Metrology Law of 1972, it is the responsibility of Ghana Standard Authority to set measurement of dispensary pumps at retail outlets and verify them periodically to ensure that pumps are delivering the appropriate volumes set”, he added.