Conserve energy


- urges Energy Minister

NOVEMBER 3, 2014 By Moses A. Kargbo

AMBITIOUS PLANS ... Minister of Energy, Henry Olufemi Macauley
AMBITIOUS PLANS … Minister of Energy, Henry Olufemi Macauley

Minister of Energy has called on Sierra Leoneans, especially high power consumers, to imbibe the culture of switching off their electrical appliances and bulbs when not in use. This, he said, will save more power thus enabling the National Power Authority (NRA) to distribute electricity to more homes in the city and other parts of the country.

Henry Olufemi Macauley, who was briefing journalists last week as his administration celebrates 100 days in office, said his ministry is embarking on sensitizing the public on the need to conserve electricity so as to enable world achieve equitable distribution of power to households.

And, because this is a global issue, the same can be said for other countries. People must be concerned about their rising electricity consumption and bills. It is possible that it is depriving people in other parts of the world of electricity. They may wish to reduce their electricity bills by installing energy-saving appliances, replacing old windows with new aluminum clad wood windows to reduce heat loss or gain, and so on. More energy consumption means more nonrenewable resource depletion. So, in order to save the environment, we must begin it from out homes.

“Even though people pay their light bills for the electricity they consume, they will deprive others from regular supply if they continue to waste power,” said Mr. Macauley, who was Sierra Leone’s former High Commissioner to Nigeria. “Big companies should learn to switch off their security lights when not in use, especially in day time. People should switch off their appliances after use so that they won’t deprive others from getting electricity.”

Minister Macauley said his administration has achieved a lot during their last 100 days in office, pointing to the implementation of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between the Energy Ministry and the CooperBelt Energy Corporation for the provision of 128mw of power between 2016 and 2018.

He said there are ongoing negotiations for Bumbuna 2 to deliver up to 300mw of electricity between 2017 and 2019, and that sector reform is also on course to make the ministry more attractive, vibrant and investor friendly.

“The generation of power is good but we think more focus should be on transmission. This is the reason why we’ve set up an Energy Task Force because we want to run this place like a business where we produce electricity and sell to the consumers,” the minister said, adding that the design for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) line has been completed and funding [for the project] confirmed.

Minister Macauley said his ministry is also supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country by installing almost 200 solar street lights at Ebola treatment centers in Lakka, Kerry Town, Port Loko and Hastings, in addition to the supply and installation of a 315kva transformer and a 60kva generator at Lakka and Kerry Town communities for the uninterrupted supply of power to the treatment centers.