By Nicholas Nduati
Kenyans are set to pay less for electricity following the recent reduction in the cost of fuel. Kenya Power Managing Director Dr. Ben Chumo says the utility firm will continually make a downward adjustment on the fuel charge component in electricity bills to reflect the recent reduction in the cost of fuel.
At the same time Kenya Power has launched an ambitious 86 billion shillings five-year project to expand its network and ensure steady power supply even during maintenance.
Fuel prices in the country have dropped considerably in the last few months much to the relief of motorists, investors and consumers.
According to Chumo, Kenya Power has set aside 10 billion shillings for maintenance of its electricity network and has also launched an ambitious Ksh 86 billion five-year project to expand its network.
The program entails 252 projects aimed at increasing the number of power substations that will ensure steady electricity supply even during maintenance of the power infrastructure.
Chumo spoke during the signing of power purchase agreements with four independent power producers who are expected to generate 20.82 MW of electricity in two years time.
The power is part of the government’s target of generating additional 5,000 MW by December 2016.
The four power producers are Kwale International Sugar Company, Strathmore University, Mt Kenya Community Based Organization and Ol-Ndanyat Power Limited.