ICF’s three-year Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana mission, provides technical assistance and capacity-building to the country’s power sector agencies. The energy system in Ghana is a focal point of the country’s economic development, driving resilience and unlocking greater business investment for the future prosperity of its citizens.

Client

USAID/Ghana

Challenge

Lack of a coordinated generation and transmission expansion plan with updated information, which resulted in high-cost electricity, unreliable service, and poorly planned capacity expansion activities. 

Solution

Provide technical assistance and training to ensure sustainable and effective planning in the power sector of Ghana through ICF's Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning approach. 

Impact: ICF helped develop an Integrated Power System Master Plan (IPSMP) for Ghana, with capacity-building aimed at updating the plan over time. The power sector now coordinates on future strategies that consider various risks and resilience measures, especially related to climate change. As a result, nine Ghanaian energy institutions have seen improved capacity since implementing the IRRP. Learn about modeling assumptions and results from Ghana's 2018 Integrated Power System Master Plan. 

19

officers in the Ghana power sector trained in the Integrated Planning Model 

7+

energy audits conducted on key facilities

35

officers trained in climate change risks, adaptation, and resilience

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Creating a master plan for Ghana’s power sector

The IRRP project has its origins in the Joint Country Action Plan developed by the government of Ghana and the U.S. government. It engaged with Ghana’s power sector agencies—along with other related ministries and agencies—to build a comprehensive, integrated power sector master plan.

ICF also helped create and execute knowledge transfer initiatives to ensure long-term success. Over 560 unique persons in the Ghanaian power sector agencies have already benefited from related project activities, including the training of individuals in 22 districts across the western region of Ghana.

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Increasing the capacity for resilience

The IRRP framework incorporates resilience and risk assessment to build the capacity of the energy sector stakeholders by planning to adapt and drive transformation in the face of shocks and stresses. Resilience ensures that the energy system can continue to operate at its highest function on both its best and its worst days. It is a lever for unlocking greater economic development and business investment, improved social services, and more broadly shared prosperity.

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Organizing cooperation among energy entities

The Ghana IRRP project established ownership and commitments among the country’s sector agencies as well as the process for developing critical technical capacities.

ICF worked closely with key institutions, including the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Energy Commission, Electricity Company of Ghana, Volta River Authority, Grid Company of Ghana, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, and Northern Electricity Distribution Company to achieve positive outcomes. We also collaborated with implementation partners who have conducted power sector work in Ghana under USAID and other development groups.