The Global Energy System Of Ghana

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Overview Energy, most often is regarded as a catalyst for development at all levels of habitation; Global, national and local. In rural areas predominantly in developing countries, energy application is seen majority in household use as well as certain agricultural activities and the running of small scale enterprises. “Africa’s energy sector is vital to its future development and yet remains one of the most poorly understood areas within the global energy system” (IEA, 2014). Ghana is often considered the beacon in Sub-Saharan Africa with its thriving economy as well as having a relatively stable energy supply. Having predominately three main energy sources (petroleum, hydropower and biomass), biomass is the largest source composing 69% of the energy mix ( ). It is, however, essential to realise the link between the type of available energy systems and sources adopted to the living standards particularly in rural areas. Ghana is a highly dependent nation of agriculture as a main revenue earner. Since access to more advanced energy systems facilitates the growth of agricultural activities (production on a much higher scale) as well as improved health conditions, the scope for the development of these standards in rural areas has been of utmost concern to the government as well as other stakeholders. In Ghana, however, the practice of delivering modern energy systems has been existent for several decades. It is evidence from the amount of interactions and initiatives the
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