Saving electricity in an emergency, experiences from some countries and lessons for Ghana
Keywords:shortfall, energy, crisis, electricity, shortages, Ghana
Shortfall in electricity supply or energy crisis is key challenge to economic development. It is a common problem faced in many parts of the world. Factors that contribute to energy crises or electricity shortages include drought, earthquakes, fuel shortages and equipment breakdown. Ghana in recent times has faced serious energy shortfalls. This paper discusses the major causes of energy crises in some countries including Ghana, and highlights the strategies used in mitigating the impact on consumers/economy. The applicability or otherwise of some crises management strategies in Ghana have also been discussed. The paper concludes by recommending demand side management programs as part of a portfolio of measures that can mitigate the impact of electricity shortfalls on consumers in Ghana.