08 October, 2008

Kenya's Energy Crisis

Kenya is taking action in trying to solve its energy problems:

Kenya is turning to cheaper geothermal power generation to deal with the biting energy crisis brought home by high fuel prices and thinning electricity reserves. BDAfrica

Kenya has an electricity capacity of 1,215 megawatts, compared with peak demand of 1,150 megawatts, leaving a reserve capacity of less than the 15 percent recommended international average, Murungi said.

To improve Kenya's energy situation, the country will invest 4.5 billion Kenyan shillings ($61 million) sinking 12 geothermal wells to generate as much as 7,000 megawatts of electricity, and 750 million shillings on the accompanying transmission company, he said. Bloomberg

This is real great news for Kenya. At last, we are seeing some action in the right direction. Environmentally friendly, cost effective and overall - the country will enormously benefit from geothermal power. With its huge reserves, it's planned that the country will develop 630 megawatts of geothermal power between 2012 and 2019. If only more African countries, with geothermal reserves, could take the same steps.

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