Kenya Power (KP) is seeking partnership with Busia County Government in Energy Master Plan (EMP) formulation to enable the county generate its own alternative sources of energy to add onto the National Grid.
Deputy Director for Utility Management and Consultancy at Kenya Power Christopher Maende said they want to assist counties exploit new areas of interest other than electricity, streets lighting and extension of electrification which have been on-going.
Addressing the press after meeting officers from Energy and ICT departments in Busia on Tuesday, Maende said the Constitution of Kenya 2010 under the division of functions requires counties to undertake energy plans and other functions which are geared towards enhancing the quality of energy delivery within their areas of jurisdiction.
“We want to assist the county to develop their first EMP which involves building the energy profile, carrying out an assessment of the energy resources, efficiency and assessment measures, and coming up with a set of targets and vision with regard to energy within the county,” he said.
Maende noted that once that is done, counties can come up with priority projects that will enable the county meet that gap between the baseline performance as of today and the targets as established.
He said counties are required to carry out energy resources assessment and to identify opportunities for power generation within their areas, develop specific projects either by themselves, private or National Government entities.
He added: “If opportunities are found viable, the county can begin to generate power locally; this will create employment, enhance quality of power supplies and generate revenue.”
Maende said western region is still facing electricity deficit due to losses incurred in having power sourced from as far as Olkaria, adding that locally generated power can stabilise the system, eliminate faults in transmission lines and will be cost effective.
Others present included Chief Engineer KP Eric Wanjala, County Director Energy Engineer McVivian Anyang’, County Electrical Engineer John Otwani and Acting ICT Director Catherine Mubweka.