Ghana rations power to supply World Cup TV demand

Ghana’s 24 million residents might have been worried that a gas shortage would affect their ability to watch the World Cup, but utility authorities have ensured they will not miss a kick by boosting power production—and borrowing electricity from the Ivory Coast. According to Bloomberg, the country’s largest aluminum smelter will operate on reduced power during Ghana’s matches, meaning there will be more juice for TVs.

Football is the passion of the nation. It is no wonder the government is spending extra money to get us reliable power at this very important time in our nation.

Kudjoe Fianoo, Ghana Football Association committee member, in a statement

Ghana is not the only place in the world where a World Cup puts a strain on energy supplies. During any major tournament, the national grid in England is put under tremendous strain by the “half-time kettle effect,” as thirsty fans collectively switch on the kettle to brew a cup of tea at the interval of national team games.