A delegation from the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) led by Dr. Ishmael Ackah, the Executive Secretary, undertook a working visit of Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) on Monday 21st November, 2022.
Received by Ing. Ebenezer Essienyi the Chief Executive and the Management of GRIDCo, the engagement with the Utility Regulator is an opportunity for the two parties, to connect on issues of mutual interest such as:
1. Keeping channels of communication open between the Regulator and Utility provider
2. The tariff adjustment announced in September 2022
3. Formal notification of notice of visit of African Electricity Regulators who will visit GRIDCo in 2023
Ing. Essienyi, CEO of GRIDCo shared with the PURC delegation, GRIDCo’s plan to prevent any power disruption during the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar. GRIDCo laid out alternative power supply options in place to guarantee reliable electricity supply to Ghanaians and the country so every citizen enjoys the Mundial.
The Executive Secretary, Dr. Ackah lauded GRIDCo for the investments made to ensure Grid stability. He encouraged GRIDCo Management and Staff to strive to reduce losses on the Grid. In that regard, Ing. Essienyi, shared more light on projects being undertaken to further stabilise the grid and reduce losses such as the EBID Facility and the KfW financing for multiple projects.
The PURC Delegation paid a visit to GRIDCo’s Systems Control Centre to get a firsthand view of the dispatch of electricity and ensuring regular supply of power. Ing. Stephen Debrah, Manager Dispatch and Ing. Linda Baah Manager, Market Operations guided the PURC on the tour providing answers and clarity to issues raised.
The PURC Delegation included Dr. Eric Obutey – Director Research and Corporate Affairs, Ing. Rasheed Baisie – Head Regulatory Audit, Robert Aziz – Deputy head Stakeholder Management and Maame Esi Eshun – Head, Executive Secretary’s Secretariat.