Kenya: Independent Power Producers Increase the Cost of Electricity

Daily Nation

Consumers continue to pay for expensive power from diesel- and thermal-powered generating plants while cheaper electricity from geothermal, hydro and wind sources goes to waste. Independent power producers (IPPs), introduced in 2000 in an emergency plan to sustain electricity supply during droughts, have become a permanent feature and the biggest beneficiary of a business model that compensates them fully for the fuel they use in operations.

And a much bigger crisis is in the offing: The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, with a listed capacity of 310 megawatts, indicates it has started producing electricity and is billing Kenya Power. But there is no transmission line to the national grid through Kenya Power’s Suswa sub-station.

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