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DUMSOR MUCH BETTER BUT NOT OVER –REPORT

In an expectation of a said promise by the Former Power Minister, Hon. Kwabena Donkor, that he will end dumsor by close of the year 2015.

For a second time, through crowdsourcing from customers, a team of researchers have gathered real-time data on the state of the electricity crisis in Ghana.

According to the report, consumers reported from 40 areas each time they experienced dumsor. The team had 35 areas in the Greater Accra region under observation, 3 in the Ashanti region, 1 in the Volta region and 1 in the Eastern region.

After analysing the electricity crisis in the country between December 25th, 2015 and January 7, 2016. The dumsor report made the following assertions:

Dumsor Report_Dec-Jan_Summary

  • Half of the areas covered had power 100 percent of the time
  • Kumasi Bremang was at the bottom of the table with power 82 percent of the time or an average of 19 hours and 41 minutes each day
  • Kumasi Bremang also took the title for longest DUM: 27 hours and 15 minutes from 7 p.m. on January 3 to 10:15 p.m. on January 4
  • On average, each area had power 98 percentof the time, or 23 hours and 33 minutes each day. This compares with 57 percent in May and 82 percent in September 
  • About 39 percentof the time, all areas had light, compared with May when there was never a moment when all areas had light
  • Less load-shedding also meant fewer disco lights. On that measure, Kumasi Bremang shares the title with Ashongman Estatesin Accra, both with 12 disco lights in the period, but still nothing compared with Weija Old Barrier’s 38 in May
  • Nsawamgot the worst body sha  (also known as ma tricki wo) on January 3, with a burst of sor for 14 minutes, starting at 2:59 p.m. before going back to dum 
  • The brightest daywas December 28 when power was supplied more than 99% of the time
  • Amanfrom Adenta Dodowahad a black Christmas with dum for almost four hours on that “holy” night Dumsor Report_Dec-Jan_Dumsor League Tablejpg
  • Amanfromagain had dum on New Year’s Day. But this time, they shared the title with Amarahia (Valley View), Ashongman Estates, Batsonaa Spintex, Pantang Abokobi, Race Course, and West Legon. 
  • The week after the announcement of the “End of Dumsor”was slightly worse than the week before

“ The January 2016 Dumsor Report shows remarkable improvement in load-shedding but dumsor may not have ended as declared by the Ministry of Power. Continued monitoring shows that outages have, in fact, ticked up slightly since the beginning of the year. The question is whether these current outages are due to load-shedding or “localized outages,” as the former sector Minister referred to intermittent cuts. The Bremang area of Kumasi warrants special mention for worst scores on most counts” the report revealed

The report was funded and produced by Kobina Aidoo with support from  Felicia Efua Arthur. The first dumsor report was released on 8th June 2015 about observing the electricity crisis from April 28 to May 11, 2015.

Writer: Nathaniel Alpha, threesixtyGh

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