Kenya’s increased geothermal power generation has resulted to almost a doubled export of electricity to Tanzania and Uganda. This tremendous increase has risen price advantage prospects even for the locals in Kenya.
The data shows that 46.6 million units (kilowatt hours) were sold to Tanzania and Kenya. While a year before the kilowatts hours were 26.9 million units, this clearly shows a nearly doubled increase.
Kenya’s power sector is benefiting highly from this, the country has reduced its power imports by almost half, due to the use introduction of geothermal power to the national grid. This has helped in the reduction in the use of thermal power which is in fact very expensive.
Despite these change in power production, the expectation of lower power bills were not meant. This was mainly due to the fact that the profits were wiped off by increases in tariff that occurred in June 2014.
The transmission of power to Uganda have been hurdle free due to the already existing direct transmission lines. But with Tanzania the case is different, there is no a direct line, and thus power sales are via Namanga. This affects the amount of power sold to between the two countries.
The tables seem to have turned for Tanzania and Uganda because previously, Tanzania was selling power to Kenya, but as of last year the country stopped its importation of power from Dar es Salaam, and made meaningful cut to power imports from Uganda.