The Energy Commission is required by law to regulate and manage the development and utilization of energy resources in Ghana as well as to provide the legal,regulatory and supervisory framework for all providers of energy in the country, specifically by granting licenses for the transmission, wholesale, supply, distribution and sale of electricity and natural gas and related matters.
The functions of the Energy Commission include the following:
- To serve as the Government's energy policy adviser by making national energy policy recommendations to the Minister of Energy.
- To formulate national policies for the development and utilization of indigenous energy resources, in particular, renewable energy:solar, wind and biomass;
- Prepare, review and update periodically indicative national plans to ensure that all reasonable demands for energy are met;
- To prescribe by legislative instruments standards of performance and technical and operational rules of practice for the supply, distribution, sale of electricity and natural gas to consumers by public utilities;
- To enforce the provision of such legislative instruments uniformly throughout the country;
- To promote competition in the supply,marketing and sale of renewable energy products and other forms of energy;
- To promote energy efficiency and productive uses of electricity, natural gas; and petroleum products.
- To license public utilities for the transmission, wholesale supply, distribution and sale of electricity and natural gas; and
- To secure a comprehensive database for national decision making for the efficient development and utilization of energy resource