Kenya in the dark over perfect power mix

Kenya Power staff repair power lines in Nyeri. Kenya has only managed to consume a maximum of 1,620 megawatts at any given time. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Several mega power projects have been cancelled or shelved amid fears they would leave Kenya with excess power.
  • Demand from domestic consumers is still low despite connections to power having grown fivefold in the past seven years to 5.8 million customers currently.
  • Kenya’s maximum power demand will grow 72 per cent to 2,259 megawatts by 2020 from the current 1,620 megawatts, when projects such as the standard gauge railway start operating fully.

Government officials have recently been groping in the dark in their search for the right electricity supply mix to meet demand and trigger growth while avoiding excess power that could result in higher consumer bills.

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