Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kenya: Cheaper Geothermal Power Helps to Lower Electricity Bills

Power bills likely to fall from July - KPLC boss (The Star)

Geothermal power from Olkaria will replace expensive thermal power at the coast

Electricity bills are set to drop slightly from next month when the Isinya substation is switched on, enabling the evacuation of geothermal power from Naivasha to Mombasa, Kenya Power said yesterday.

The transmission will enable the near-monopoly power distributor to cut some of the expensive thermal electricity from the mix at the Coast, acting chief executive Ken Tarus said.

The 400-kilovolt Suswa -Isinya transmission line was completed last month, he added, and is set for commissioning by President Uhuru Kenyatta by the end of the month.

We have since increased power generation coming from geothermal, and reduced generation of power coming from thermal which is very expensive,” he said. “This in itself is a big contribution to the reduction of the cost power,” Tarus said.