COST OF ELECTRICITY IN KENYA TO DROP WITH 310-MW WIND POWER PROJECT COMING ONSTREAM

NAIROBI– The cost of electricity in Kenya is likely to be reduced from next month when electricity from the 310-megawatt (MW) Lake Turkana Wind Power project comes onstream and is distributed across the national grid.

The Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Joseph Njoroge, says this will be done by gradually pumping the renewable power into the national grid starting with 50 MW and gradually retiring thermal power plants. The 310 MW from the wind farm is enough to power up to one million homes.

Njoroge noted Thursday that the Energy Ministry had signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with more than 20 independent power producers (IPPs) to harness renewable energy totalling more than 1,740 MW over the next three years.

Works on the 400-kilovolt (kV) Ethiopia-Kenya interconnection transmission line is also on track and that upon completion, it will integrate the national electricity grids in eastern Africa.

Meanwhile, Kenyan manufacturers have called for a review of the night electricity tariff in order for more manufacturers to benefit from the incentive which currently targets large businesses and manufacturers operating at night.

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on Thursday kicked off a two-day clean energy conference aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country.

The conference, themed Catalysing Sustainable Renewable and Energy Efficiency in Kenya, highlights the achievements and challenges by industry on energy management and green growth policy initiatives.

Addressing the conference, Njoroge reiterated the government’s commitment towards the production and use of clean energy in the country.

The Ministry has put in place initiatives to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector. We fully support conservation of energy to build local capacity, reduce imports and build competitiveness for manufacturers. We want industry to drive renewable energy projects and we will provide an enabling environment towards this, added Njoroge.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK