Energy in Kenya: A constant battle for more! 

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Kenya's significant energy demand falls short with the lack of stagnated supply as current generation is insufficient with the burst of industrial and domestic needs, a recent research has said.   The study by the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows that the country is currently experiencing inadequate electricity generation capacity. Kenya is also grappling with high-power bills. This situation has therefore pushed the government to scout for alternative ways of resolving these problems.   Currently more than 39 per cent of Kenya’s electricity comes from hydropower according to the 2015 data by the government. The situation is particularly difficult during the summer months when water levels are low. Capacity gaps are then compensated by expensive thermal generation based on fossil fuels.   In Kenya currently according to Global Petrol Prices, the price of electricity stands at $0.206 per kWh for households and $0.164 for businesses. This price includes all components of the electricity bill such as the cost of power, distribution and taxes.   The current energy production capacity in the country is 1,429 megawatts (MW) against a demand of 1,600MW. This demand is projected to spike to 2,600-3600MW by the end of this year. Currently, electricity supply is predominantly sourced from hydro and fossil fuel (thermal) sources. This generation

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Yvonne Kawira is an award winning journalist with an interest in matters, regional trade, tourism, entrepreneurship and aviation. She has been practicing for six years and has a degree in mass communication from St Paul’s University.

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