Geothermal picks up the slack from drop in hydropower in Kenya

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  • The latest data from Kenya Power shows that electricity from geothermal wells jumped 46 percent to 1,506.33 Gigawatt hours (GWh) from 1,025 GWh in the corresponding period last year. 

Kenya’s Business Daily Africa reports that the jump coincided with a 47 percent drop in power generation from the country’s dams as production slumped to 424.09 GWh in the quarter from 807.73 GWh last year at the back of the prolonged drought.

Hydro-power generation had dropped since August 2022, threatening the stability of the national grid amid increased demand for electricity.

“We have water level problems and we may be forced to push other forms of power generation to meet the country’s power demand but the only challenge we might get is that the power will be slightly expensive,” Energy Cabinet Secretary Davies Chirchir had said in March.

Source: Business Daily Africa

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