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Cut Waste To Halt Dumsor—-Lecturer To ECG

Dr Albert Kotawoke Awopone, Snr Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronics-Akenten Appiah Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED).

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronics at the Apenteng Appiah Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), Dr Albert Kotawoke Awopone says the country can deal effectively deal with its power crisis if it can cut the waste in the system.

According to the lecturer, the wastage that goes on in government institutions and agencies when plugged could offset the shortfall the country’s power distributors record during peak time.

Speaking during a workshop on Energy Decarbonization In Ghana last Wednesday Dr Awopone stated that air conditioners and other gadgets at these state outfits and agencies are often put on when they are not needed, adding that these account for a large chunk of waste in the system.

“Evidence abound that public institutions waste power and they do so when unnecessary gadgets are put on when they could be put off to save energy that could be used during peak times”, the lecturer said. 

Energy Saving Measures:

Dr Awopone said apart from the plugging of waste in government institutions and agencies, the public could be educated to conserve energy. 

He mentioned that the ECG and stakeholders in the energy sector could carry out sensitization programs to drum home the need for the citizenry to adhere to energy conservation and efficient use of energy in their homes and workplaces.

These measures and many others, he noted informs the decision by the School to collate views and discussions from energy experts so they could design a framework to assist energy providers.

“The goal of this workshop and many others the school intends to have is to encourage discussion, exchange knowledge and investigate joint approaches to promote energy decarbonization initiatives in the country”, the lecturer posited. 


Speaking to the media, Energy expert and Public Relations Officer for the Certified Electrical Wiring Professional Association of Ghana (CEWPAG), Ing Amponsah Ababio asked the country to explore for new ways to shore up its energy reserve.

He noted that the sunshine in the country provides an alternative for exploration to deal with its energy deficits. 

Luckily, he stated that Ghana now has large lithium deposits and could be harnessed to start its own production of solar panels.

“Ghana has a beautiful sunshine and since it has now found large lithium deposits, a prerequisite for the production of solar panels both the sunshine and solar could be used to deal with all energy shortfalls”, the expert stated. 

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,  Kumasi

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