Ghana Embargos Renewable Energy Deal Signing

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      …Claims that pacts by past administrations were spurious
The government of Ghana has suspended the signing of renewable energy deal due to what it described as “unnecessary deals by previous administration.” Joy News reported that Ghana’s Energy Minister, Peter Amewu, has placed a moratorium on the signing of new renewable energy agreements.

The report said Ghanaian government discovered that the previous administration signed too many unnecessary deals. Addressing the media after Parliament proceedings Thursday, Mr Amewu said the deals signed by the previous government were at a higher price, therefore, government needs to re-negotiate to reduce the amount.

“The renewable energy that was signed between 2015 and 2016, was 2,665 megawatts at a price of 31 cents per kilowatts. And they were completely unnecessary because people [citizens] were going to pay higher.

But we [government] do not want to entertain this higher renewable that is why we have placed a complete moratorium on the renewable,” he said.

He further stated that the Akufo-Addo administration supports the use of renewable energy, however, it would prefer citizens to pay a fair price for the commodity. It isn’t that we [government] are anti-renewable.

Today, President Akufo-Addo has directed that the Jubilee House operate on renewable and it is 70 per cent complete.”

But responding to this, the former Energy Minister, Ernest Kofi Buah was quoted as saying that the agreements signed then were by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). He insisted that no burden has been placed on government.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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