VISION / MISSION
The Mission of the Energy Commission is “To advise on reliable and sustainable energy provision to the Minister and effectively regulate the utilization of all energy forms in the country”.
The Vision of the Energy Commission is “To become a leading energy planning and regulatory institution reputed with transparency, excellence and innovation in Africa and beyond”
The Commission in carrying out its functions ascribes to the following core values:
- Team work;
- Gender and cultural sensitivity;
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DOThe Energy Commission consists of seven Commissioners appointed by the President of Ghana acting in consultation with the Council of State of the Republic. The seven- member Energy Commission consisting of a Chairman and six Members were sworn into office on the 26th June, 2009.
The Ghana Energy commission is a statutory body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal established by an Act of the Ghanaian Parliament, the Energy Commission Act, 1997 (Act 541). The Commission may sue and be sued in its corporate name.
• To recommend national policies for the development and utilization of indigenous energy resources
• To advice the Minister responsible for Energy on national policies for the efficient and safe supply of electricity, natural gas, and petroleum products having regard to the economy;
• To provide the legal, regulatory and supervisory framework for providers of energy in Ghana(i.e. licensing, prescription of uniform rules of practice by legislative instrument, inspection, monitoring and compliance of rules);
• To prepare, review and update from time to time indicative national plans to ensure that all reasonable demands for energy are met;
• To secure a comprehensive database for national decision making as regards the development and utilization of energy resources available to the nation;
• To promote competition in the energy market and enforce standards of performance.
STRUCTURE OF THE COMMISSION
The organizational structure of the Commission comprises three (3) main divisions: Technical (Power, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy) Division, Strategic Planning and Policy (including Social and Environmental Impact Assessment) Division, Human Resource, Administration & Public Affairs Division and three (3) Units, namely Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (EECC), Finance and Inspectorate.
The EC Management Team is made up of all Heads of Divisions/Units and led by the Executive Secretary. The Management Team comprises the following persons:
Dr. A.K Ofosu-Ahenkorah
Mr. Isaac Mintah
Director, Special Duties
Mr. Michael Opam
Director, Strategic Policy Planning
Dr. Nii-Darko Asante
Director, Office of Technical Regulation
Mr. Alhaji Ahmed Bin Salih
Ag. Director, Finance & Admin.
Dr. Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu
Head, Strategic Policy Planning
Mr. Kwabena Otu-Danquah
Head, Renewable Energy Promotion
Mr. Eric Ofori-Nyarko
Head, Social and Environmental Impact Assessment
Mr. Lester vanlare
Mr. Oscar Amonoo-Neizer
Head, Technical Regulation
Mrs. Cecilia Boache
Mrs. Josephine Oduro-Asare
Within the context of the functions and responsibilities of the EC as enshrined in the EC Act 541 as well as the Government of Ghana national Energy Policy and Strategy, the key objectives to be achieved by the EC are to:
- Develop, coordinate implementation and monitor 10-year Energy Plan;
- Achieve universal access to all forms of sustainable energy supply by 2020;
- Ensure adequate and reliable electricity and natural gas supply at all times;
- Enforce regulations and rules of practice to ensure high standards of performance by energy providers;
- Promote development of renewable energy technology particularly solar, wind and biofuels; and
- Promote energy efficiency and conservation.
To be able to achieve the vision and strategic objectives, the EC will:
- Build on strengths continually;
- Overcome weaknesses promptly and comprehensively and guide against recurrence;
- Take advantage of the opportunities; and
- Deal with the threats expeditiously.
Building on strengths
- Deploy multi-disciplinary teams to carry out functions and work in the Commission;
- Retain expertise through improved remunerations and conditions of service; and
- Review regularly legislations, rules and codes of practice prepared under the mandate of the Commission in order to continually take into account changing trends in the environment and aspirations of the people of Ghana
The Commission will address its weaknesses by undertaking the following actions:
i. Create a knowledge sharing environment;
ii. Exploit new technology to enhance the staff expertise; and
iii. Continually measure corporate performance and reward excellence and sanction low performance.
To take advantage of opportunities, the Commission will:
- Develop linkages with world-renowned energy planning and regulatory institutions;
- Be abreast with new developments in energy planning and regulation in other jurisdictions;
- Acquire and deploy new technologies and techniques in energy planning and regulation developed in other jurisdictions;
- Participate in international fora on energy planning and regulation; and
- Join international bodies related to energy planning and regulation.
In dealing with threats, the Commission will:
- Intensify public awareness of the work and achievements of the Commission;
- Be pro-active in policy research and wider dissemination of policy recommendations;
- Create platform for continual dialogue with all stakeholders – National Energy Symposium, Quarterly Press Briefing on Energy Issues; and
- Create an acceptable image within stakeholders and the public in general – share information on energy developments regularly.