Is too much power generation a bane or boon for the EAC?

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East African nations Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania have been on a green energy harnessing mission creating thousands of megawatts they may not consume by the year 2022. These countries could find themselves in a conundrum where they have too much electricity which people cannot use. This possible scenario could be created by the likelihood of not enough people being able to purchase this power or the inability to use it due to different reasons. The biggest challenge for this power being a burden to these governments could be because most of them lack the infrastructure to transmit this power to those who need it. In addition, countries that have been purchasing power from their neighbours are also moving to produce their own meaning they will be struck by a surplus they cannot utilise and in return suffer massive costs of having idle power. Power capacity surplus With the African Development Bank (AfDB) funding electricity generation infrastructure projects in the region, the East African Community (EAC) will have a combined generation of 7,480MW of electricity. Multiple sources indicate that the EAC’s combined total installed power capacity surplus stood at 878MW last year where only Rwanda and Tanzania suffered a

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