The unplanned power outages in the Greater Kumasi area of the Ashanti region are attributed to the strain on the existing infrastructure.
According to an energy expert, Kojo Opoku, the peak energy demand in the region has increased due to the increase in population, which has put pressure on transmission stations in the region.
“The Kumasi situation is unfortunate but the system needs to be upgraded to better serve people,” he stated in an interview on Asempa FM Ecosi Sen Tuesday program.
Kumasi residents are revolting with the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG) due to erratic power supplies.
They claim that the situation is affecting their lives negatively. Therefore, they require the ECG to provide a schedule for shedding the loads on them so that they can plan their activities.
But Mr Opoku said the blackout in Kumasi was technical because Ghana had spare capacity to serve the entire country.
He explained that the power failure was due to the inability of the weak transmission lines to handle the excess power.
“Two years ago, engineers knew that we were going to have some of these problems. They were asking for funding from the government, but the Finance Ministry did not find funds for these companies and we got here,” the energy expert said.
Mr. Opoku was sure that building transmission stations in the area would reduce the burden and provide more stable power.
He also urged energy distribution companies such as ECG and GRIDCo to engage in public education to relieve pressure in the country.