Govt seeks to leverage on increase energy generation

Written By: Benson Rioba/ Beth Nyaga
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Under the plan, the firm will add 165mw to the grid by the end of the year from the ongoing Olkaria V power plant and another 83.3mw by 2021.

The government is seeking to leverage on increased energy generation to implement the Big Four Agenda projects.

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Energy Principal Secretary Eng. Joseph Njoroge says the government will continue to build and improve energy infrastructure including construction of Ksh 5 billion stand-alone power plants in remote off-grid areas in a bid to increase electricity access in the country.

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Over the past five years, Kenya has added 972 megawatts to the national grid that has driven increased electricity connectivity across the country.

To further increase electricity access and lower the cost of power in the country, the government plans to increase investments in the energy sector by building or improving energy infrastructure.

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Energy PS Njoroge says cheap and available energy is important in the implementation of the big four agenda especially in adding value to agricultural products to minimize post-harvest losses using modern storage facilities that are powered by electricity.

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The government is also constructing a renewable stand alone power plants in remote off-grid areas in a project worth Ksh 5 billion.

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Plans are also underway to increase the supply of cooking gas especially targeting the common mwananchi.

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