According to Oscar Amonoo-Neizer, the Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, the decision to forbid the importation of some secondhand electrical goods and renewable energy items will lessen the burden of electricity costs on consumers.
He clarified that the action intended to make the nation a safe sanctuary for doing business rather than depriving people of their daily food.After the commission’s 25th anniversary Thanksgiving service in Accra last Friday, Mr. Amonoo-Neizer said in an interview with the Daily Graphic that the commission will continue stakeholder engagement to make sure that all stakeholders were on the same page.
In a statement released on January 27, 2023, the Energy Commission stated that, in accordance with its authority under Act 541, it had compelled Parliament to enact 19 legislation to control the markets for electrical appliances and renewable energy projects.
It stated that the new rules were also intended to lower electricity demand and costs, protect the environment and the public’s health from air pollution brought on by increased power generation, and shield consumers from making unnecessary purchases of appliances and paying excessively high electricity bills.
Some trade associations, however, objected to the restriction and claimed that it would force their members out of business.
Reacting to the concerns, Mr Amonoo-Neizer said the commission would deepen engagement to bring people in line with the benefits of the ban.
“We intend to engage more of the stakeholders who are affected in a way to come to terms with where we are coming from.
“The move is not to deprive people of their daily bread but the drive is to bring more efficient appliances so we do not become a dumping site which will become a burden on consumers”, he said.
The commission, which was founded in December 1997, organized the service as a way to give thanks to God for guiding the commission during its work over the previous 25 years and to ask for additional fortitude, wisdom, guidance, and divine protection in the years to come.
Committed employees, both those who are retired and those who are still employed, were recognized for their contributions to the expansion of the commission.
In highlighting some of the commission’s achievements, Mr. Amonoo-Neizer said that the Refrigerator Exchange Program, which promoted the return of used, old refrigerators in exchange for a discount on new ones, and the passage of the Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832), which gave the commission the authority to create and oversee a renewable energy market in Ghana, had both produced favorable outcomes
The National Rooftop Solar Program’s electrification of 200 households in 18 off-grid rural communities in the Kwahu East and South districts in the Eastern Region, along with the establishment of a Capital Subsidy Scheme that provided free solar panels up to a maximum capacity of 500 Watts peak to over 1,000 households in urban centers, are also noteworthy, he continued.
He added that the commission had also granted licenses to over 300 service providers for the importation, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems and products, as well as the wholesale supply, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity and natural gas.
Mr. Amonoo-Neizer expressed appreciation for the devotion and commitment shown by former and present board chairman, board members, executive secretaries, and staff to the work of the commission.
According to him, the commission would increase the level of law enforcement over the next 25 years while also making the nation a haven for business.In the upcoming years, he continued, “We want to collaborate to create a strong and sustainable energy sector that we can all be proud of.