Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kenya: Boom in Geothermal Power Production Generates Valuable Electricity Export Revenue

Kenya doubles power exports to Uganda, Tanzania (Business Daily Africa)

Kenya has nearly doubled its electricity exports to Tanzania and Uganda on the back of increased geothermal power generation even as local consumers await the price advantage.

Kenya Power, the electricity distributor, sold 46.6 million units (kilowatt hours) to the two countries last year, up from 26.9 million a year earlier, official data shows.

The country also cut its power imports by almost half following the injection of geothermal power to the national grid.

The additional cheaper geothermal energy, especially the 280 MW injected in the second half of 2014, helped to reduce the use of expensive thermal power.