Ghana’s electricity regulator, Energy Commission, has put in place the necessary regulatory measures and licensing framework needed to guide companies that want to engage in a commercial activity in the renewable energy space.
This, according to the Energy Commission’s Executive Secretary, Rev. Oscar Amonoo-Neizer, is in accordance to the Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832).
The Energy Commission boss made these observations in a speech delivered on his behalf during a workshop on IEEE 1547TM and the IEEE 1547 Conformity Assessment Programme at the Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) Training School in Tema.
He announced that the Commission is currently updating the Electricity Distribution Code and National Electricity Grid Code to include Renewable Energy.
Ing Amonoo-Neizer was of the view that the inclusion of Renewable Energy in these codes would improve the implementation and usage of renewable energy in the country.
“The Energy Commission is very proud to support this workshop and to see the growth of renewable energy in Ghana. We are committed to engaging all stakeholders to develop and implement such workshops.”
Ing. Amonoo-Neizer noted that the IEEE 1547 and IEEE Conformity Assessment Programme (ICAP) certification programme would be crucial tools in Ghana’s ongoing adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs).
“It’s extremely challenging for the world’s policy makers to simultaneously keep on top of today’s dramatically changing technical landscape, anticipate tomorrow’s innovations and wisely evolve policies and regulations,” he observed.
He, therefore, described open consensus standards such as the IEEE 1547 as an indispensable connection fabric between the world’s technology and policy developers.
He explained that the ICAP certification process provides a singularly dependable and proven process for assuring IEEE 1547 commissioning compliance implementation and interconnection of DERs of any type or size.
He thanked the IEEE team for organising the workshop and further encouraged participants to take full advantage and learn effectively.