Power Sector Outlook and Review Project

IES Power Sector Outlook and Review project aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the power sector in Ghana and the sub-region. This project covers issues of power sector assessment and management, and technical issues confronting the power supply value chain in Ghana. The objective of assessing the state of the power sector is to identify challenges, and propose recommendations for sustainable development and improvement in the power supply value chain.

This project has become necessary because even though access to reliable and affordable electricity is essential for economic growth, social development, and poverty reduction, the power sector in Ghana and West Africa faces numerous challenges, including inadequate generation capacity, transmission and distribution losses, high electricity prices, and limited access to electricity in rural areas. This project aims to analyze these challenges and develop strategies to overcome them.

The key objectives of the project are as follows:

  • Assess the current status of the power sector in Ghana and West Africa, including generation capacity, transmission infrastructure, distribution networks, and access to electricity.

  • Identify the key challenges and bottlenecks that hinder the efficient and sustainable functioning of the power sector.

  • Evaluate the impact of existing policies, regulations, and initiatives on the power sector's performance.

  • Analyze the potential of renewable energy sources and their integration into the power sector.

  • Provide recommendations for policy reforms, institutional strengthening, and capacity building to address the identified challenges and promote sustainable development in the power sector.

  • In delivering these, the IES employs a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including data collection, surveys, interviews, and desk research. Collaboration with relevant stakeholders, such as government agencies, regulatory bodies, power utilities, industry experts, and local communities is key to gathering information and insights in the power sub-sectors. This project will deliver the following outputs:

  • a. Power sector assessment report: A comprehensive report detailing the current state of the power sector, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.

  • b. Policy recommendations: A set of actionable recommendations for policy reforms, regulatory improvements, and institutional strengthening.

  • c. Stakeholder engagement: Collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure the dissemination of findings, promote dialogue, and foster a shared understanding of the power sector's challenges and potential solutions.

  • d. Capacity building: Training programs and workshops to enhance the technical and managerial capacities of relevant stakeholders in the power sector.