energy cs warns of expensive power as water levels at masinga dam drop.

Kenyans should brace for higher energy costs, Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir has said. 

This came as the government resorted at ramp up hydropower generation at the Masinga dam using diesel generators.

On Friday, February 10, CS Chirchir said the current weather conditions could further push power costs slightly higher. 

“We might get power slightly expensive because we are ramping the diesel generation more than we ordinarily should be doing. Unless we look at climate change issues, hydropower generation may not present a future for us,” said Chichir.

Chirchir was speaking during an inspection of the water levels at the dam, which have dropped to 1,037 metres above sea level. He attributed the drop to poor hydrology and the ongoing drought in the country. 

Kenyans have been raising concerns over high token prices imposed by Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).

But the utility firm is keen on increasing tariffs following the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) review. KPLC proposed an increase in tariff to KSh 21.68/kWh for customers using 30 units and above and KSh 14/kWh for those using less than 30 units. 

This followed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommendations to the government to scrap the 15% cut on electricity charges starting January 2023. IMF said the power subsidy laid by the previous administration has negatively affected Kenya Powers’ liquidity ratio. KPLC Managing Director Geoffrey Muli confirmed the subsidy was supposed to last for one year to December 31, 2022. 

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