In Ghana, the government has announced that electricity tariffs will increase when the power barges being constructed in Turkey, are brought to the country in October, as part of efforts to boost the energy situation, the Chronicle reported.
The announcement was delivered last week by Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, at the opening of the 29th Biennial Conference of Ghana Science Association in Tamale.
According to the Chronicle, Jinapor stated that it does not make economic sense to continue subsidising electricity tariffs when the cost of production continues to rise.
Energy crisis and electricity tariffs
The three-day conference was held to enable members of Ghana Science Association to deliberate on the current energy crisis facing the country to come up with alternatives to improve the situation.
Jinapor said there is the need for consumers to pay realistic electricity tariffs to ensure the availability of resources to meet the rising cost of production, hence the decision to withdraw subsidies on electricity.
Renewable energy sources
The Deputy Minister of Power said government’s new policy direction is to promote solar and other renewable sources of energy, as a means of diversifying energy sources to avoid over-reliance on hydro energy generation, which has become expensive.
Jinapor appealed to the private sector to partner with government in its efforts to promote solar and other renewable energies as cheap sources of energy in the country.
He further called on the scientific community in the country to get involved in the discussion to harness coal as a source of energy for the country.
Dr Victor Agyemang, Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, underscored the importance of science and technology in the development of the country.
He called for increased investments in the sector to address the country’s various challenges, including energy.
Possibility of nuclear
Prof Herbert Dei, Honorary President of Ghana Science Association, said the conference was to draw government’s attention to alternative sources of energy.
These include solar, wind, nuclear and biomass that could be harnessed for sustainable energy production in the country.
Prof Haruna Yakubu, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, lauded the National Development Planning Commission’s efforts in coming out with a forty-year development plan for the country.
Yakubu said: “This is laudable and must be encouraged since development and investment in the energy sector need long term planning and financing.”