Energy Regulatory Commission considers localized tariffs

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The Energy Regulatory Commission is in consultation with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum to establish a localized tariff targeting areas with cheap generated power such as geothermal.

ERC Director General Pavel Oimeke says the incentive is aimed at attracting investors to the area.

If the local tariff base ever comes to fruition, Oimeke says investors in areas such as Naivasha where green energy is being generated in form of geothermal would benefit heavily from cheaper power as Energy Regulatory Commission targets manufacturers with the incentive.

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This is expected to expand the country’s manufacturing capacity and increase exports of processed goods.

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However Oimeke says the manufacturing sector should embark on energy utilization for optimum production through implementation of practices that will help reduce their energy expenses.

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Speaking when ERC awarded Certificate of Energy Management Compliance to three manufacturing Companies in Kenya, Oimeke urged manufacturers to take advantage of the reviewed electricity tariffs in June and pass the benefits to consumers of their products.

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ERC further expects a reduction in cost of power with injection of green energy from Lake Turkana Wind power plant and Garissa Solar Energy Plant.

 

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