NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s electricity generation has hit a high of
895 million kilowatts per hour (KWh) a month as consumption
generation has been boosted by increased production from
geothermal as the country also taps wind power and intensifies
imports from Uganda and Ethiopia.
electricity from hydro has been hit by erratic rains in the last
two years, which have seen water in major dams decline
significantly, with the government mulling closure.
The latest data from
Kenya Power, the East African nation’s power distributor, show
Friday that electricity generation peaked at 894.3 million KWh
as at the end of December 2017, the highest ever.
production during the year had stood at between 840 million KWh
and 890 million KWh a month, before peaking to the new level.
contributes more than half of the generation, averaging 430
million KWh a month, followed by hydro now at 250 million KWh
from a high of 350 million KWh, according to Kenya Power.
Thermal power stands
at 200 million KWh a month, an increase from 150 million KWh,
while wind power has risen to 7 million KWh, from 3.5 million
electricity from Uganda and Ethiopia, having dropped Tanzania
from its supply list. From Uganda, the country imports 14
million KWh a month while Ethiopia offers a paltry 0.23 million
From all the
sources, the country generated a total of 10.4 billion KWh of
electricity in 2017, an increase from 10 billion KWh in 2016.
similarly, increased last year as the country raised production
to power industries, offices and homes to boost its economy.
According to Kenya
Power, consumption by its about 5 million customers stood at 700
million KWh across the 12 months or 8.4 billion KWh annually. In
2016, Kenya consumed 7.8 billion KWh.
“The fact that the
country produces more power than it consumes is an indication
that Kenya is power sufficient. Consumption has grown in the
last years as government targets schools and hospitals in rural
areas, but it may not be as fast as production. A good
situation, however, is when we produce more than we consume,”
said Henry Wandera, an economics lecturer.