Ghana buys electricity from Ivory Coast to keep TVs running during World Cup

To ensure the broadcasting of World Cup won’t be disrupted, Ghana has purchased 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast, according to a news release by Ghana’s Public Utilities Regulatory Commission.

The commission is also appealing to the public to reserve energy by turning off power-consuming appliances such as freezers and air conditioners.

Due to low water levels at hydroelectric dams on the Volta River, which produces most of the country’s electricity, Ghana has suffered power shortages this year.

Ghana’s current total installed generating capacity needs to be increased to 5,175 megawatts by 2023 to address the current power shortages and ensure an adequate supply of electricity, according to the Volta River Authority.

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