Kenya’s Electricity Demand Hits New High

The demand for electricity in the country hit a new high of 2051 megawatts (MW) from an earlier record of 2036 MW recorded in November last year.

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The new peak was recorded on May 12 according to data generated by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).

Electricity generating company KenGen which supplies Kenya Power with more than three quarters of its power supply has credited the rise in demand to a rebound in electricity generation from renewables.

“This growth was driven mainly by renewable energy sources with geothermal energy making the greatest contribution” KenGen stated.

The demand for electricity by consumers has also marked a comeback over recent months after falling into depression at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional data from utility Kenya Power points to the resurgence of renewables in local electricity generation with generation from geothermal rising from 310.79 million kilowatt hours (kWh) to 410.35 million kWh.

On the flip side, generation from thermal sources has fallen from 206.26 million kWh to 170.16 kWh over the same period.

KenGen says generation from its hydro power stations including Gitaru, Kindaruma, Kamburu and Kiambere has exceeded projected output.

Total electricity sales by Kenya Power have also been on the upward trajectory and reached a five month high 831.21 million kWh in March 2022.

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