Policy think- tank, Africa Center for Energy Policy refuses to share in president John Dramani Mahamas buoyant declaration of an end to the three- year energy crisis that bedevilled the country.
In his State of the Nation's Address to parliament last week, the president said his governmentt has indeed fixed the energy crisis as he promised years back, with the provision of 800 Mega Watts of emergency power.
In an interview with Pulse Business however, the Deputy Director of ACEP, Benjamin Boakye disputed the president's claim of an end to the energy crisis.
His point being that the resumption of operations by companies who had either halted operations or relocated durign the energy crisis will shoot supply up tremendously.
" First of all, the country has not added 800 MW as the president claims. What is currently operational is 500MW. Apart from that, demand is set to incrase sharply in the next few months as all companies that were not operating at full capacity during the heat of the energy crisis will all begin full operations. We also know that others relocated to other countries who will return. So the energy crisis is definitly lurking around" he said.
Meanwhile Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor has insisted that the country will not be plunged into another energy crisis as supply is currently more than demand.
" Currently total generation is 2300MW while peak demand is 2000MW. So clearly ACEP's negative predictions are not true."
He added that VALCO is “receiving only 70 megawatts of the 350 it uses when in full operation”.“Dumsor can only be said to be over when the estimated demand of 2,600 MW is there… and a reserved margin of 25 percent, which we do not have,” Dr Ackah stressed.