NAIROBI, The United States plans to increase its presence in the generation of renewable energy in Kenya, says its Ambassador in Nairobi, Robert Godec.

The envoy, who called on Energy Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Charles Keter here Tuesday to discuss US involvement in power generation in Kenya, among other matters, was informed by the Minister that Kenya needed between 14 billion and 18 billion US dollars for various energy projects in the country, including fast-tracking crude oil production from the various oil fields in northern Kenya.

Godec said that through US firm Power Africa, which was involved in various power projects in the country such as the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the US planned to increase its presence in the renewable energy sector in Kenya.

According to Keter, the talks with the US ambassador realized various forms of financing to help fast-track the realization of the much awaited projects such as crude oil production in northern Kenya.

With regards to involving the counties in power generation, Keter said opportunities for independent power producers through solar and hydro-electric power generation in various counties were still open.

Meanwhile, the Kenya News Agency (KNA) reports that the quality of power supply to residents of Machakos County near here is set to greatly improve following efforts by national electricity distributor Kenya Power to rehabilitate the power equipment and network serving the area at a cost of 400 million shillings (about 3.9 million USD)

Source: KBC