Monday, July 09, 2007

Energy C’ssion To Distribute Free Bulbs

By Stephen Kwabena Effah
Saturday, 07 July 2007

The Ghana Energy Commission will from Monday, start distributing the first consignment of energy-saving bulbs imported by the government, to residents in Accra.

Consequently, it is securing vehicles from the Volta River Authority and personnel from the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) for the exercise which was primarily necessitated by the current energy crisis in the country.

Isaac Mintah, Head of Public affairs of the commission, told the Times yesterday that the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service and the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service have been supplied with the bulbs.

He explained that the exercise started with those state apparatus because their utility bills are borne by government.

He said personnel from the NYEP under the supervision of officers of the commission would move from house-to-house in the metropolis to exchange energy saving bulbs with incandescent ones.

Mr. Mintah said one million of the energy-saving bulbs had so far been delivered in the country, noting that a total of six million of such bulbs were expected.

The distribution, he said, would be extended to other parts of the country when the next batch of the bulbs arrived.

He said the exercise would be carried out with a public education on the need to conserve energy, explaining that compact fluorescent lamps are six times more efficient than the incandescent bulbs.

He also told the Times that officers from the commission were going round inspecting electrical appliances which had no quality control labels, stating that
appliances without such labels would be confiscated and destroyed.

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