KenGen eyes industrialists for direct electricity sales

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A KenGen power plant at Olkaria V Geothermal in 2018. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU

State-owned Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is targeting flower firms and large industries in the proposed Naivasha Industrial Park as first customers for direct electricity sales, officials have said.

Listed electricity distributor Kenya Power currently has a monopoly on power sales but the Energy Act 2019 provides for the opening up of the sector.

Until now, KenGen has been restricted to electricity generation, alongside Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

“The flower firms and large industrial investors would be our first customers if the proposal is approved by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA),” said Cyrus Karingithi, the KenGen assistant manager, resource development and infrastructure.

Selling electricity directly would come as a big boost for KenGen’s revenues on circumventing Kenya Power.

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