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In East Africa, electricity consumers are experiencing an on-grid surplus capacity but this is ill-timed for the region.

The region’s prominent economies (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) are recorded to have a combined installed capacity of 5,500MW against a peak power demand of approximately 3,300MW.

This scenario is due to high electricity tariffs, lack of transmission and distribution assets, low energy access rates (recorded at 37% in the region by the UN AEC in 2018) and dampened economic performance.

Notably, the total installed capacity is expected to hit 10,000MW in the medium-term with completion of ongoing projects.

Now, ahead of the Future Energy East Africa conference taking place on 17-18 September in Nairobi, the question we raise is:

What should governments in East Africa focus on to increase energy access and thereby electricity consumers?

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