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IEEFA report: The Lamu Coal Plant will hinder, not spur, economic growth in Kenya

IEEFA report: The Lamu Coal Plant will hinder, not spur, economic growth in Kenya

Misdirected assumptions about construction, capacity, and costs

June 10, 2019 (NAIROBI) – The proposed Lamu coal plant in Kenya, a three-unit, 981-megawatt (MW) facility, would be a costly mistake, locking the country into a 25-year deal at a cost to consumers of more than US$9 billion, even if the plant never generates any power, according to a report released today by the […]

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Kenyan geothermal pioneer plans doubling of power output

Bloomberg ($): Kenya Electricity Generating Co., Africa’s geothermal pioneer, plans to raise $1.95 billion to build new, and upgrade existing plants in a bid to almost double its power output from the renewable fuel. KenGen, as the Kenyan state-owned company is known, plans to add 651 megawatts from underground steam in the next five years, […]

May 19, 2021 Read More →

Electric vehicles viewed as fastest route to clean transportation in Africa

Wall Street Journal ($): The electric-car revolution is reaching the streets of Africa. A handful of startups in several countries are building small electric-vehicle fleets of light carriers and motorcycles—vehicles well suited for the continent’s challenging roads—for taxi and delivery services. In February, Kenya-based ARC Ride launched electric two- and three-wheelers for Uber Eats deliveries […]

May 17, 2021 Read More →

Only one-third of increase in Africa electricity demand met by renewables

ESI Africa: Renewables supplied only a third of Africa’s electricity demand growth in 2020 according to energy think tank Ember’s The Global Electricity Review. The Global Electricity Review showed that wind and solar showed resilient growth in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. While this forced a record fall in global power figures, this was not […]

May 7, 2021 Read More →

Huge Ugandan oil deposits face development risks from transition

S&P Global Platts ($): Uganda’s long-delayed maiden oil project took a vital step to becoming more than a pipe dream this month but risks still hang over hopes of new export flows from East Africa. France’s Total inked the final pipeline deals needed to unlock its multibillion-dollar Lake Albert oil discoveries, and first oil is […]

April 30, 2021 Read More →

Kipeto Energy connects 100MW wind farm to Kenyan power grid

ESI Africa: Kipeto Energy Plc (KEP), today announced it has connected Kipeto wind farm to the national grid and will start generating power in the next week. KEP has connected a 17km (220KV) high voltage transmission line, linking the facility to the national grid at the Isinya Substation, and signaling the start of the go-live […]

January 25, 2021 Read More →

Chinese bank pulls out of proposed Lamu coal-fired power plant in Kenya

The Star: The biggest financier of the troubled Sh200 billion Lamu coal plant project has pulled out, casting doubts on the project’s viability. The new development was reported by local NGO Save Lamu, citing a credible official at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The organisation said that ICBC had abandoned the project because […]

November 20, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA: High fossil fuel costs and unnecessary power developments like Lamu will lead to expensive electricity bills for Kenyans

IEEFA: High fossil fuel costs and unnecessary power developments like Lamu will lead to expensive electricity bills for Kenyans

Kenya should make the most of its abundant renewable energy resources and reduce costs for consumers

The belated release of Kenya Power’s financial results for the year ended 30 June 2019 confirmed what was already known – that new renewable energy installations have replaced thermal power in Kenya’s energy mix. New power generation from the Lake Turkana Wind Power project – the largest wind power installation in Africa – resulted in […]

November 11, 2020 Read More →

Engie begins construction of two solar projects in Burkina Faso

PV Magazine: Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Energy has announced the start of construction of two solar power plants with a combined generation capacity of 30 MW. The solar parks, with capacities of 20 MW and 10 MW, are planned for Koudougou, in Boulkiemdé province, and Kaya, in Sanmatenga, respectively. The Burkinabe government will finance the […]

September 22, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA: Renewable energy is making inroads across Africa

Chinese investments advance solar projects while saddling countries with costly and risky coal plants

May was a big month for solar power announcements in Africa. Algeria endorsed a huge 4GW, five-year solar plan that will install 10 times the nation’s solar power capacity for an investment of $3.2bn-$3.6bn. Further south, there were significant developments on either side of the Zambezi. Zimbabwe announced an invitation to bid for 500MW of […]

Kenyan regulators approve Solair Africa’s plan for 40MW PV project

Renewables Now: Solar developer Ergon Solair Africa Ltd has won regulatory consent to build a 40-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Kenya that will be backed with a USD 0.075 (EUR 0.064) per kWh feed-in tariff (FiT). The approval was awarded by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya (EPRA), the affiliate of US-based Ergon Solair PBC […]

April 14, 2020 Read More →