The Energy Commission Act 1997 (Act 541) Section 2 (d) mandates the Commission to secure a comprehensive database for national decision making on the extent of development and utilization of energy resources available to the nation.
The availability of a comprehensive and reliable data is a key requirement for effective energy planning and policy analysis. Unfortunately, the required data for energy planning and policy analysis is located at different organizations and there exists the challenge of collating them for planning for sustainable energy access expansions.
In order to address this challenge of data collation, the establishment of an Energy Access Data (EAD) Task Force was proposed at a stakeholder forum organized for representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP), Energy Commission (EC) and the distribution utilities (VRA/NEDCo and ECG).
The Task Force comprises representatives from Energy Commission (Convenor and Chair); Ministry of Energy and Petroleum; National Petroleum Authority; Northern Electricity Distribution Company; Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Statistical Service; The Energy Center, KNUST; CERSGIS, University of Ghana, Legon; Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (representing MMDAs). The datasets which make up this database were provided by the different agencies making up the task force. Some agencies may play roles which do not necessarily involve data provision.
The Energy Center of KNUST answered the 9th call of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) with a proposal whose overarching objective was to catapult the EADTF into operation. The grant was awarded by REEEP and project started in June 2013 with duration of 12 months.
The project which was dubbed 'Building a reliable energy access database for sustainable energy expansion in Ghana' provided a forum for the meeting of the EADTF and enabled the development of this database. With the project ended, the task force will still be in operation and update this database regularly. Updates will include updating existing data and inclusion of new datasets.
Users of this database should cite the Energy Access Data Task Force (EADTF), 2014. Accra, Ghana.