World Cup Energy Campaign Saves Ghana 50 Megawatts

A campaign to get Ghanaians to put off non-essential electric appliances during the World Cup has saved the country at least 50 megawatts of energy, Ghana Grid Company has revealed. "We observed about 50 to 70 megawatts reduction within that period. That's about half of the load of Northern Ghana. Conversation helps a lot. It also helps the pockets of individuals", the Marketing Operations Manager of GRIDCo, Mark Baah told Joy News. Watching the World Cup is a religion for many of Ghana's 25 million population. The football festival's 2014 edition was staged in Brazil and run for a month from June 12 to July 13, 2014. The event played every four years caught Ghana at a time of erratic power supply. Many consumers nursed concerns that they will miss some of the action during the world's biggest football tournament. But the Electricity Company of Ghana assured it will halt the ongoing load-shedding exercise in order to allow football lovers to enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Pitching in to make this assurance a reality, Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) also appealed to the general public to switch off high energy consuming appliances such as air conditioners, deep freezers and non-essential lights during the evenings ( 6 pm - midnight). The company said public compliance with this appeal will make available an estimated 100MW of electricity for many more people to watch the football matches with minimum load shedding. Following a successful public campaign, GRICO is urging Ghanaians to continue with conscious efforts to conserve energy. Ghana crashed out of the competition after a poor first round performance. Germany won the competition after defeating Argentina in the final.