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Northern Electricity Distribution

The Northern Electricity Department (NED) of the Volta River Authority (VRA) was established in 1987 to distribute electricity in the Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana as part of VRA's 161kV transmission grid extension to the northern part of Ghana. In June 1994, the Government of Ghana (GoG) initiated the Power Sector Reform (PSR) programme aimed at bringing efficiency and managerial effectiveness in the Energy Sector in order to improve service delivery to all consumers.

In pursuant of the PSR, VRA Management, in 1997, registered the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) as a wholly owned VRA subsidiary, with a Board of Directors, to take over the operations of NEDCo. In May 2012, the VRA Management operationalized NEDCo as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

NEDCo's current operations cover about 64% of the geographical area of Ghana and includes the northern part of Volta, Ashanti and Western regions. However the customer density of the operating area is low with access to electricity estimated at 44%. The Ghana Government, inline with its vision of making electricity available to all has undertaken power extension over the years to new towns and communities that were hitherto not served by NEDCo. Customer population has, therefore, grown at an average customer growth rate of about 13% per annum from less than 20,000 in 1987 to 698,353 at the end of 2015.