5 December 2007 – Ghana’s electricity consumption is expected to be as high as 20 900GWh by 2015, energy experts are estimating.

The Strategic National Energy plan sets out consumption estimates of up to 25 800GWh by 2020. Ghana consumed 6 900GWh in 2000, with thermal electricity generation reaching 8 429GWh in 2006 (a 33 % increase on 2000 figures).

The above figures were revealed by Engineer Dr Essel Ben Hagan, president of the Ghana Institute of Engineers at the institute’s annual presidential address.

Goals set for poverty reduction could mean an increase in demand for wood fuel, with estimates reaching 4.5 million tones by 2020.