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Evaluating policy implementation strategies

Conference: The West African Power Industry Convention
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Presenter: Henry Vanderpuye
Abstract: Presented by Henry Vanderpuye at The West African Power Industry Convention

The potential for end-use energy efficiency improvement in Ghana, like several developing countries, is significant. It is estimated that about 30% of end-use energy in Ghana is wasted.  Investigations into the potential of end-use energy efficiency improvement in Ghana commenced in the latter 1980s, however to-date the impact of policy implementation measures is not visible.

Policy strategies should be developed on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of the key issues affecting end-use energy such as: the role of key players (e.g. consumers, utilities, regulators, policy makers,) the economic environment, institutional capacity, legal issues, availability of data, cost and finance issues, etc. The analysis should encompass the entire value chain to guarantee the effectiveness of policy strategies. However evidence portrayed by the results of existing end-use efficiency policy, as also in other areas of the economy queries the comprehensiveness of policy analysis that informed the existing policy strategies.

This paper reviews policy strategies employed over the years. It employs the SWOT system to evaluate and recommend effective policy strategies to deliver the desired policy objectives, taking cognizance of the entire value chain.