Geothermal energy 'will take Kenya far'

24 November 2009

Geothermal energy will help Kenya go a long way, according to World Bank Africa region vice president Obiageli Ezekwesili.

Speaking during a visit to a power plant in Naivasha this week, she said this type of renewable source could help Kenya to reach its Vision 2030 goals and contribute to the planet's journey to becoming a low-carbon economy.

Indeed, other nations should follow the example set by the African country, Ms Ezekwesili added, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

"Wind - which is freely available in many parts of Kenya, for example - can be used to harnesses power for local consumption," she suggested.

Assistant minister for energy in Kenya Charles Keter stated that in 2008, some 250,000 people obtained power, but the government is working on improving this, the KBC quoted.

The current visit to Kenya is Ms Ezekwesili's second in her World Bank role.

She first journeyed to the country in December 2008 and discussions undertaken during this time will be followed up in the coming days.

Categories: Energy

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