The Energy Minister, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has received U.S. Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Stephanie S. Sullivan in his office.
This is the maiden meeting of the two, since Dr. Prempeh assumed office earlier this year as Minister for Energy.
Deliberations centered on exchanging views on priority programs and projects between Ghana and the United States.
Key amongst these are the West Africa Energy Program, the Off-grid projects in the Afram Plains South Areas, Power Partnership Agreements (PPA’S) and PDS.
The Minister expressed excitement over the support of the US government in Ghana’s energy sector, especially helping to replace outmoded installations in the power sector, stringing new lines and strengthening the transmission system through MIDA.
On clean energy, Dr. Prempeh outlined government’s programs especially the Cylinder recirculation Model (CRM) which is to help us achieve our LPG targets and create jobs in solar and nuclear power. It is our target that clean and renewable energy will form 10% of our energy mix.
The Minister and the Ambassador finally exchanged views on PPAs and PDS. We agreed that we need to support each other to do the right thing for the effective functioning of programs and projects in our power generation mix with regards to cost and consumption.
Government intends to sanitize the power system, make it profitable for investors and affordable for consumers, and we will continue to work hard towards this goal.