KPLC: Regional cooperation key for achieving sustainable energy
2 February 2010
The managing director of Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has said that regional cooperation would be key to achieving sustainable and affordable electricity supply.
Joseph Njoroge was quoted by the Daily Nation as saying at the Eastern Africa Power Pool workshop this week that "the level of electricity price reduction will depend on how much power we able to pool together, which will be known in the next three or four years".
He pointed out that as each country had its own renewable resources to bring to the table, the collective result would be a source of power that is strengthened through diversification.
Mr Njoroge gave the example of Uganda's hydropower because of the Nile and Kenya's geothermal potential.
Building transmission lines between the countries are the new priority and certain projects are expected to be finished by 2012.
KPLC recently announced that its ongoing Energy Sector Recovery Project to upgrade the power distribution system should be finished by October 2010.