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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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ReNews.biz: Swedish-based impact investment platform Trine is collaborating with Solarise Africa, a pan-African energy leasing company, to invest in renewable projects on the continent.  The first debt financing round provided by Trine will finance five solar projects in South Africa and Kenya.  Demand for on-site renewable energy assets is growing rapidly as businesses are faced […]

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Kenya launches nationwide crackdown on single-use plastic bags

Nation: The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) will next week start a major crackdown on single-use plastic bags across the country. This comes after the authority expressed concern that some traders are still sneaking the commodity into the country despite its ban in 2017. Nema Director-General Mamo Boru said the war on the single-use plastic […]

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Geothermal-rich Kenya beginning to export expertise across continent

Bloomberg ($): When Kenya opened the Olkaria power plant four decades ago, it was considered more research project than commercial venture. Located in Hell’s Gate National Park, a barren zone of volcanic rock permeated by sulfurous gases and populated mostly by warthogs and zebras, the facility generated electricity using steam rising from deep in the […]

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Funding for $3B Zimbabwe coal plant dumped by biggest China bank

Bloomberg Quint:  China’s biggest bank dumped a plan to finance a $3 billion coal-fired power plant in Zimbabwe, dealing a blow to coal developers in Africa that see the Asian country as the last potential funder of their projects. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. told Go Clean ICBC, an ad-hoc body representing 32 […]

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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, […]

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Electric vehicles viewed as fastest route to clean transportation in Africa

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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 […]

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Huge Ugandan oil deposits face development risks from transition

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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 […]

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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 […]

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