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GIS-based Support for Implementing Policies for Increased Access to Energy

GIS-based Support for Implementing Policies for Increased Access to Energy




1 January, 2009 to 1 September, 2011




West Africa


Ghana’s energy policy aims at ensuring reliable and cost-effective supply of high quality energy services for households, businesses, industries and the transport sector nationwide. The need to secure future electricity and modern fuel supplies has been touted as the pivot of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, in spite of the popular notion underpinning energy access-poverty reduction nexus, policies and plans intended to create an enabling environment for an improved energy access are seldom evaluated in most developing countries.

The EUEI PDF was requested by the Ghana Ministry of Energy, supported The Energy Center (TEC) of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and aimed to:

1. Review of Energy Trends, Policies and Plans in Ghana

2. Assessment of Energy Needs and Comparison with ECOWAS targets and MDGs

3. Development of GIS e-maps for Energy Services

4. Development of Methods and Tools for Capacity Building

        a) Electrification costs modelling

        b) GIS-based Energy Access Review (GEAR) Toolkit

The expected outcome of using GIS tools to increase knowledge about energy services and energy access and its gaps has been partly achieved.

Following the project, KNUST employed a PhD student working on in energy access. Also TEC is now developing a Master of Science programme that includes not only energy access but all aspects of sustainable energy. The capacity of the TEC has therefore been significantly strengthened by the EUEI PDF project.

The project also resulted in a peer reviewed publication:

Francis Kemausuor, George Yaw Obeng, Abeeku Brew-Hammond, Alfred Duker, A review of trends, policies and plans for increasing energy access in Ghana, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 15, Issue 9, December 2011, Pages 5143-5154, ISSN 1364-0321, 10.1016/j.rser.2011.07.041. (

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