Access to reliable and robust energy data is a key requirement for effective energy planning - and for the economic growth that it drives. Currently, Ghana's energy data is scattered among many organisations who do not always make it accessible. This impedes the expansion of access to clean energy.
To address this issue, an Energy Access Data (EAD) task force was set up at a meeting of energy sector board chairs and CEOs in 2011 to facilitate the development of a shared energy database. The goal is to bring data together under one umbrella and to make it accessible on the energy commission’s website. This will guarantee that energy policy-makers, clean energy investors, app developers and the general public can make informed decisions.
The initiative will also help widen the data in the GIS-based Energy Access Review (GEAR) Toolkit, an interactive decision support tool for energy access policy –makers based on a Geographical Information System (GIS).
The database resulting from this project will feed into the National Energy Data Processing and Information Centre (NEDPIC).