1 September 2010 – Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is hosting a regional meeting in Nairobi aimed at building power generation capacity and sustainability.

The four day 12th annual East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) is being held at Safari Park Hotel.

Spintelligent, the event organiser, said the meetings objective is to determine the best way to secure electricity generation and continued economic growth.

Project director Claire Volkwyn said EAPIC provides an insight to expanding energy mix that puts into consideration renewable energy, geothermal and traditional generation sources.

“Discussions will focus on fast tracking interconnection and vital role regional power pools play in ensuring stable, quality electricity to commercial, industrial and domestic consumers,” she said.

“It will provide a forum for professionals to discuss ways in which electricity sector can be developed, rehabilitated and connected to ensure power for all,” she said in a press statement.

Attendees will benefit from expertise from over 40 speakers involved in power infrastructure development from key government, utility and private sectors.

Topics for discussions include priority power investment areas, access to financial resources, future of wind power, geothermal generation in Rift Valley and viability of coal for power generation.

A green economy includes power generation through renewable sources, job creation and economic growth through environmentally conscious decisions and choices.

East Africa’s power generation is mostly dependent on hydro power but the region has been suffering from a lack of adequate rainfall, resulting in ongoing electricity shortages.