Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Kenya: Climate Change Forcing Shift to More Reliable Geothermal Energy

Hydro-power production drops due to climate change, says ERC official (The Star)

Energy Regulatory Commission
Director general Joe Ng'ang'a
The production of hydro-power in Kenya has dropped from 70% in the 1980s to below 50%, an expert has said. Energy Regulatory Commission director general Engineer Joe Ng’anga said the effects of global warming are being felt and are hurting power generation. He said hydro-power heavily relies on rainfall, whose pattern is no longer predictable.

“A couple of years back, the country heavily relied on hydro-power, but due to global warming this has changed,” Ng’ang’a said. He said the country has shifted to geothermal power generation to address the shortfall.

“Through the use of geothermal power, we have seen the cost of power tariffs drop by 31 per cent among domestic users and 24 per cent in the industrial sector,” Ng’ang’a said.

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