Kenya keen on increasing electricity capacity by 5,000MW

By Melline Myendo

At least 35 percent of electricity generated in the country goes to waste due to low demand for power.

PwC Kenya says the country should target investments in large industries that consume additional electricity being generated under the 5,000 megawatts in 40 months projects.

PwC Kenya cites insufficient existing power infrastructure as a major challenge in electricity consumption in Kenya.

In September 2013, the country unveiled an ambitious programme to generate an additional 5,000 megawatts by December 2016 and 17,000 megawatts by the year 2030.

The country has since increased the installed electricity capacity from 1,600MW to 2200MW which has resulted in a 35 percent surplus.

Experts fear that if planned and underway projects are realized generation will overshadow demand.

PwC conducted a survey on Africa’s energy focusing on the power sector and found out that for Kenya to effectively utilize the additional capacity under the 5000MW in 40 months project, large industries have to be set up within the next two to three years.

It was further noted that the current power infrastructure that is insufficient is impeding electricity consumption in the country.

PwC says the Energy Bill 2015 if enacted into law will drive investments in the energy sector.

  

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