Energy Commission and Energy Foundation
Policy measure

According to Neuhoff (2008), the Government of Ghana established two regulatory agencies in 1997, the Energy Commission and the Energy Foundation, to ensure the effective integration of energy efficiency into the country’s energy sector reforms.


The Energy Foundation has no constitutional powers to enact or enforce regulations, whereas the Ministry of Energy officially designated the Energy Foundation as the institution responsible for implementing energy efficiency initiatives approved by the Ministry and other stakeholders (Ahenkorah, 2008).

Implementation

The following activities have been initiated by the Energy Commission (Ahenkorah, 2008):

  • “[Advising of] the government on policies that address energy issues and [promotion of] national policies for sustainable development of energy and adoption of energy saving technologies.

  • [Development of] legislation to enhance energy efficiency.

  • [Enforcing of] legislation on energy efficiency.”


The following activities have been initiated by the Energy Foundation (Ahenkorah, 2008):

  • “[Promotion of] sustainable development of energy resources and efficient consumption of energy in all of its forms.

  • [Education of] consumers through public education campaigns, educational programmes and seminars about the rights and responsibilities of consumers, the benefits of reducing energy waste, assist residential, commercial and industrial consumers in improving energy efficiency

  • [Strengthening of] the private sector, to improve economic productivity by developing energy efficiency, renewable energy and productive uses of electricity programmes and businesses.”

Challenges
No identified challenges.
Outcomes

The following outcomes of the efforts of the Energy Foundation have been identified (US Senate, 2003): “The Energy Foundation has worked with the industrial sector to perform energy audits and implement efficiency projects that have saved Ghanaian companies thousands of dollars. In addition, the Energy Foundation helped energize the private sector to improve EE by setting up the Ghana Association of Energy Services Companies and Consultants (GHAESCO), which now has over 33 members actively pursing energy efficiency projects. The Energy Foundation has also worked to educate consumers through public awareness campaigns and its Green Schools program that teaches students how to use energy more efficiently. Most recently, the Energy Foundation played a critical role in Ghana enacting the first residential air conditioner efficiency standard in Africa that will save consumers an average of $64 million per year over the next 30 years”.


No outcomes of the efforts of the Energy Commission have been identified.

References

Neuhoff, K., 2008. Understanding the roles and interactions of international cooperation on domestic climate policies. Climate Policy. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.


Ahenkorah, A.K.O., 2008. Lessons learnt in Promoting Energy Efficiency in Ghana and Implication for Efforts to Scale up EE in Industry. Energy Commission. Available at: www.unido.org/fileadmin/media/documents/pdf/Energy_Environment/senegal_presentations_day2_ws34_dakar_presentation_final-_ahenkorah.pdf.


US Senate, 2003. Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2004. Available at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-108shrg2910424/pdf/CHRG-108shrg2910424.pdf.