Energy media group, organisers of Ghana Energy Awards (GEA), has officially opened nominations for its 2021 edition of the prestigious energy event.
This year’s awards ceremony is under the theme: ‘Digitalised Energy Sector: The Key For a Resilient Economic Future’.
The 5th national Energy Awards features 19 competitive categories; Energy Personality of the Year (male and female), Chief Executive of the Year (Petroleum and Power), Energy Institution of the Year, Brand of the Year, Energy Company of the Year, Rising Star Award, Excellence in Power Generation, Emerging Energy Company of the Year, Innovation Project of the Year, Energy Reporter of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility of the Year, Clean Energy Initiative of the Year, Off-Grid Energy Solution of the Year and Energy Consultancy Service Organisation of the Year.
The characteristic of the awards’ scheme, each year, sees the introduction of new categories that cater for the changing scenes in the industry.
This year has five new categories added, which are the Digital Impact Leadership Award, Outstanding Contribution to Digitalisation, Exceptional Digital Management Award, Digitalisation Project of the Year, and Excellence in Digital Service Delivery.
Speaking at the launching of the event, Mr Kwame Jantuah, an Energy Consultant and Chairman of the awards panel, noted that a huge fallout of the pandemic has been the global inventiveness of computerisation and digitalisation which are constantly changing how business is presently being conducted.
“Equally, this is beginning to have a huge impact on the [energy] industry worldwide in terms of its operations with new technology, and specifically we observe in the power sector new forms of generating, recording and monitoring power, a case in point being how the renewable sector is fast overtaking the conventional generation and delivery of power,” he said, adding that advanced technologies including [Electric vehicles and AI] are contributing to such monumental change.
In Ghana, the government has focused its strength on promoting digitalisation and related technologies across all industries within the economic spectrum, consequently, putting together programmes for digitalisation of the energy sector.
The need to acknowledge how the energy industry in the country is embracing these crucial changes is why the GEA is dedicating this year’s awards to recognise digitalisation efforts in the country.
The Ghana Energy Awards is an industry-accepted initiative that recognises the innovation and excellence of institutions within the energy sector and also celebrates the hard work of players who compete under various categories of the awards.
The scheme is fully endorsed by the Ministry of Energy and the World Energy Council Ghana, with firm support from industry partners; VRA, Bui Power, Ghana Gas, Energy Commission, CBOD, Petroleum Commission, AOMC, NPA, COPEC-Ghana and validating partners Mazars.
Ing. Henry Tenior, the event organiser, at the launch, said it had been an interesting journey since the first event in 2017.
“We have come this far by the grace of the Almighty God, and on the wings of a dedicated Secretariat and Awards Panel, a transparent awards process, staunch support from the Ministry and allied agencies as well as our devoted sponsors who understand our vision and purpose.”
From now toward the closing of nominations, the Awards Secretariat would pay courtesy calls on various stakeholders in the industry for briefing on their activities for the 2020-2021 review period.
The Awards Panel would also be going round to inspect projects and innovative solutions cited by the nominees at their project sites.
This activity is to acquaint the panel with the nature of these projects and the magnitude of their impacts.
Within this period also, there would be the Energy Personalities Outreach Programme, which is a key activity of the GEA that provides the highest awardees; that is the Energy Personality of the Year (both male and female) the opportunity to interact with students of selected academic institutions to share their experiences with the younger generation.
Nominations would last from the 6th of July until the 20th of October, 2021.
Further information on the application process is available on www.ghanaenergyawards.com.