Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kenya: Geothermal Energy Provides 47% of Electricity

Thermal energy production drops (ESI Africa)

In East Africa, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics' (KNBS) latest data reporting the decline in electricity generated from thermal energy resources has been welcomed as good news.

According to the Standard Media, the generation capacity has dropped by 10% to 855.5 million kWh by August this year compared to a similar period last year, whereby thermal sources generated 951.9 million kWh.

It is said that the fall has seen the share of thermal sources in the overall energy generation basket dive from 16% to 13%.

Diesel-fired electricity is reported to be three times more expensive than geothermal costing Sh7 per unit ($0.069) and seven times higher than hydropower at Sh3 ($0.029).

The KNBS data stated that geothermal remained the top source of energy, accounting for 47% of total production in the period under review.

In addition to the good news from the data was the revelation that indicated hydropower coming in second with a 40% increase.

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