Kenya plans to cut Lamu coal power plant capacity by half

Activists protest against the construction of the Lamu coal-fired power plant, June 5, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Officials say new plants could leave Kenya with excess power, forcing consumers to pay more.
  • ERC has instructed developers of the proposed 1,050-megawatt (MW) coal plant to scale it down.
  • Kenya’s peak demand is currently at about 1,770 MW against the country’s total installed capacity of 2,336MW.
  • This leaves the country with a reserve margin of about 566MW, according to the ERC data.

Kenya seeks to cut by half the capacity of its planned Lamu coal-fired power plant to avoid ending up with more than needed electricity that would force consumers to pay for idle plants.

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