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Kenyan energy CS says Kenya to maximize hydro production of electricity during heavy downpour

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 25 — The Ministry of Energy Saturday announced an expected rise in hydroelectric output as a result of improved water inflows at the Seven Forks Dams, which will lead to reduction of fuel-driven generation. Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir, in a statement released on Saturday, said this will allow the Kenya Energy Generating Company (KenGen) to maximize hydro production which yields far much cheaper power than thermal generators. The CS noted before the rains, the Seven Forks’ water levels had dropped, bringing the dams’ share of the nation’s electricity mix down to roughly 30 per cent. Since the heavy rains started, however, Chirchir noted the share has increased to almost 82 per cent. “The good news is, that the surge in hydro power is expected to play a crucial role in stabilizing the cost of electricity, providing a buffer against the volatility of fuel prices on the international market,” he said. “This development will likely have a positive impact on the cost of living for Kenyans, as energy costs are a significant component of household and industrial expenses.” The Seven Forks dams namely; Masinga, Kamburu, Gitaru, Kindaruma, and Kiambere produce a combined capacity of 600MW when operating at maximum load. The CS said the Ministry has initiated several measures to ensure stability and efficiency of power generation during the rainy season. Measures in place include optimization of water usage in all the dams to maximize hydropower https://t.co/WJSylwILmQ

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  • winnie nguru

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    As it should be. Nobody knows when next we will experience such heavy rains

    • George Kariuki

      19 w

      The Ministry of Energy is sure taking the right steps.

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Peter Kamau

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          If only the government could pursue such an approach

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          • mercy nduta

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            The government could have formed measures to harvest rainwater for such production which could as well mitigated the kind of floods experienced countrywide.

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            • Peter Kamau

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              @mercy_nduta_984 This would have come in handy

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              • zelda ninga

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                @mercy_nduta_984 as long as they never made any changes to the dams and the required areas for harvesting water then all this rain will be a waste.

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              • Munene Mugambi

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                In as much as I support this, I'd take anything this man says with a pinch of salt. He's been warning Kenyans of possible dam flooding instead of taking action to prevent loss of property and lives

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                • zelda ninga

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                  @munene_mugambi Right now prevention of any loss is not possible because the amount of rainfall that we have can't allow them to construct anything.

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                • Edwin wangombe

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                  this is amazing news for Kenya ... it will help reduce the carbon footprint

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                  • CHRIS NGATIA

                    20 w

                    Great approach 👍

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    20 w

                    Sounds like a great plan that will play a major role in creating a sustainable future.

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                    • Edwin wangombe

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                      @joseph_githinji yes it will and also it will reduce the cost of living for the citizens

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                    • johnte ndeto

                      20 w

                      This is a great move towards the end of fossil fuels among other climate pollutants

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        20 w

                        @johnte_ndeto Yes.. this will definitely help us transition to clean energy

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                      • zelda ninga

                        20 w

                        This is a good thing that the government is doing hoping they can walk the talk by reducing the prices of energy.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

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                          @zelda_ninga_442 it's the desire for all citizens to have both fuel and electricity bills reduced.

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                          • Edwin wangombe

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                            @zelda_ninga_442 I support this coz currently the prices of energy are on high hope this will help in reducing the prices

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                          • walter lungayi

                            20 w

                            This is a smart move for Kenya. It not only takes advantage of the country's abundant water resources but also helps to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and promote renewable energy. This strategy can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy sector in Kenya.

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                            • Edwin wangombe

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                              @walter_lungayi and I hope the government will also invest more on other renewable energy alternatives

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                            • rosebellendiritu

                              20 w

                              Hoping there was a way this excess water could be saved too maybe for future to make this project realistic even when there is little rainfall

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                              • Edwin wangombe

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                                @rosebellendiritu you have raised a very important point ...its time for the government to come up with strategies of storing the water so that it can be used during drought period

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                                • Saustine Lusanzu

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                                  @rosebellendiritu this is a good idea

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                                  • zelda ninga

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                                    @rosebellendiritu was hoping that the government could have done something about that but they didn't.

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                                  • Rotich Kim

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                                    This is good idea but government should be embrace transperncy on the use of public finance towards this project

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                                    • Joseph Githinji

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                                      @rotich_kim I agree, accountability must come first.

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                                      • Edwin wangombe

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                                        @rotich_kim I second this ... transparency is key

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                                        • Peter Kamau

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                                          @rotich_kim This is where the government draws the line and it is very frustrating

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                                        • Princess

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                                          This is a smart and sustainable approach for Kenya. 💚

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                                          • rosebellendiritu

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                                            @princess_nel_268 making good use of heavy downpour to generate energy

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                                            • Edwin wangombe

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                                              @princess_nel_268 Yes I agree.... it will be good for the environment and also economically beneficial for the the citizens

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                                              • Saustine Lusanzu

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                                                @princess_nel_268 kudos to Kenya

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