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Kenya Power billed for idle wind farm

 The developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project have started billing Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC every month for its failure to distribute their production due to lack of a transmission line.   This is despite recent discussions between Energy ministry officials and the wind farm managers to delay the billing that would ultimately be passed on to consumers.   “They have been billing Kenya Power,” said an energy.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

ERC rejects Kenya Power bid for Sh2.6bn tariff rise

 The energy sector regulator has shot down a Kenya Power application for electricity tariff increase that would have seen consumers’ bills increase by Sh2.6 billion every month.   This is the second time since last year that Kenya Power has unsuccessfully sought approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to raise power charges.   The electricity distributor says a tariff increase is necessary to cover surging.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

A wind farm of epic proportions is taking shape in Africa

 In Kenya, efforts to produce wind power on a grand scale are underway. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project is a 12-hour drive from Nairobi and, once operational, is set to provide 310 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the Kenyan national grid.   "It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines," Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC's Sustainable Energy on.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Energy utility announces end to power rationing

 Rwanda can now produce enough power to service all those who need it in Kigali, the Chief Executive of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, has said.   Mugiraneza, who was addressing journalists in Kigali, yesterday, said besides being able to provide electricity to everyone who needs it, REG had embarked on different projects that will also purge general load shedding issues.   In Kigali, REG is, among others,.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda: Musanze Hydro Power Plant Project to Add 3.6 Megawatts on National Grid

 Construction of new Musanze hydropower plant which was launched on Wednesday is expected to add at least 3.6 megawatts to the national grid.   The plant is being constructed on Mukungwa River in Nkotsi Sector in two phases; Rwaza I to produce 2.6 megawatts, and Rwaza II, the second phase will start later along the same river to add one megawatt to the national grid, according to the officials.   Both phases are expected to.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda: PPP launches Musanze hydropower plant

 Last week, Rwanda’s infrastructure minister, James Musoni, witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Musanze hydropower plant.   The New Times reported that the hydropower plant is expected to add at least 3.6MW to the national electricity grid and will be developed in stages.   "This power plant might be small in size but we have no doubt that it will greatly contribute to our bold vision. This project.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda: Govt Pushes for Innovations, Efficiency to Meet Energy Targets

 The government is set to prioritise off-grid energy solutions such as solar energy and mini-power plants, reduce energy losses, as well as consider using natural gas instead of diesel in energy generating systems to ensure efficiency.   According to the Minister for Infrastructure, James Musoni, the development is in line with the country's target to generate 563 megawatts and enable 70 per cent of Rwandan households to access.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda adds to energy mix with first peat-fired power plant in Africa

 Rwanda recently celebrated the opening of its first peat-fired power plant at Gishoma in the far west of the country, a $39.2M project. It is the first of its kind in Africa.  The Conversation   Another larger peat plant, costing $350M is under development in Gisagara to the east. The plan is for Gishoma to start feeding 15MW of electricity into the national grid imminently, and Gisagara 80MW by 2019.   The Rwandan.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Green growth: Why tea processors should switch from wood fuel to gas

 Tea factories will be able to embrace gas in their production processes once the ongoing studies on alternative energy for domestic and commercial use is completed and implemented, a top government official has said.   While presenting a report on the status of the energy sector, its achievements and new plans to Parliament, Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi also said locally-made cooking gas stoves would soon come on the market.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda: Once Isolated Bweyeye Residents Jubilate as Homes Get Electricity

 Located several kilometres off the main road in Rusizi District, Bweyeye Sector was previously considered a remote and isolated place.   It had no electricity until Monday, this week, when power reached the sector in fulfillment of a promise President Paul Kagame made when he visited the area back in 2013.   Aphrodis Sindayiheba, the sector executive secretary, said electricity will facilitate creation of off-farm jobs in.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda to Generate 355MW in Next 3years After Missing Target

 Rwanda wants to generate 355MW of electricity in the next three years. The government says the country has enough resources to achieve this target.   Government had planned to generate 563MW by 2017 but has not hit this target.   Appearing before Parliament (both chambers) on Tuesday, Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi said, “We set a high target and the costs are big but this also makes us strive for.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda: Kagame's Achievements - Cheap Power, Economic Growth

 President Paul Kagame's government is credited for a growing and stable economy, expanding by 45.6 per cent from $5.77 billion in 2010 to $8.4 billion in 2016, and significantly reducing poverty levels.   Analysts attribute the strong GDP growth to the country's continued commitment to reforms, creation of a good business environment, and implementing a strategy to raise productivity and services diversification.   Kigali has.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

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