The delegation from South Africa sought to study Kenya’s power mix and roadmap plan in relation to demand and supply, along with power plants’ efficiency and the impact on power tariffs.
Despite South Africa’s power capacity dwarfing that of Kenya 21 times, the down south economy has over the years struggled with supply shortages, a product of poor planning. This has resulted in painful bouts of load shedding that has hamstrung the most industrialised economy on the continent.
In the early 2000’s, Kenya was also a victim of supply hiccups, especially during prolonged bouts of drought when rain-dependent hydropower production dipped, hurting consumers. Then, the country’s resort was installation of emergency thermal power plants to plug the shortfall and whose electricity was seven times more expensive than hydropower.
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