Power generation is the process of producing electric power from sources of primary energy. Energy resources can be classified in three categories namely renewable, fossil, and nuclear. Within the generation categories renewable comprise of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, natural gas For utilities in the electric power industry, generation is the stage prior to the delivery of power to end users (transmission, distribution, etc.) or its storage (using, for example, the pumped-storage method). Electricity generation is carried out in power stations also called power plants.

New geothermal project will increase Kenyan power output by 30%

[img:Ormat%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Existing geothermal
power plant at Olkaria ‒
two new ones by 2014
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 10 November 2011 - The government of Kenya will spend more than US$1.4 billion over two years to construct a 280 megawatt (MW) geothermal power complex in Olkaria, in what has been billed as the largest single, one-off geothermal project in the world.

Kenyan parliament guarantees US$1.3 billion power loan

[img:Guarantee%20b_0.jpg|One of Kenyan power
operator Kengen’s existing
geothermal power plants ‒
another one is on the way
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 10 November 2011 - Parliament in Kenya has approved a Treasury guarantee for an international loan for the country’s public power generator KenGen, paving the way for a geothermal project that could add 280 megawatts (MW) ‒ a fifth of existing supply ‒ to the national grid.

Japanese and Koreans to build geothermal plants in Kenya

[img:Toyotaf_0.jpg|One of Kenya’s
existing geothermal
power installations ‒
the Olkario station
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 09 November 2011 - Japanese trading firm Toyota Tsusho Corpporation and Hyundai Engineering Company of South Korea have won the bid to build new geothermal plants worth US$413 million in Kenya, in the process cementing their involvement in the country’s geothermal power generation.

Activists arrested at Eskom plant

[img:Eskom%20or_0.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 November 2011 - Three Greenpeace activists were arrested at the Kusile power station’s construction site in Mpumalanga for scaling a crane, reports news24.

Six activists gained entry to the site at about 10h00 on Monday and climbed a crane, said Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe. “We are most concerned about the safety of all on site, and cannot condone illegal entry nor the climbing of a crane,”

Brazil’s key role in solving Tanzanian power shortage

[img:Stieglers%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Artist’s impression
of the Stiegler's Gorge
power project in
Tanzania’s Rufiji river
]Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 November 2011 - Brazilian diversified business giant Odebrecht Company Limited ‒ with top global businesses and operations across a wide variety of industries ‒ has shown interest in undertaking the huge Stiegler's Gorge power project in Tanzania’s Rufiji river basin.

Investigation into construction of major power plants

[img:Probe_1b_0.jpg|Construction of a dam
on the Rukarara River,
forming part of the
hydropower project in
.]Kigali, Rwanda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 November 2011 -  The Rwandan parliament has appointed a seven-member committee of enquiry to investigate suspected wrong-doing in the construction of both the Rukarara Hydropower plant and the Mutobo water project in Rwanda.

Activists protest against SA power plans

[img:Activists_1b_0.jpeg|Construction at
Kusile power station
] Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 November 2011 -  Greenpeace activists climbed a construction crane at the Kusile coal-fired power station under construction east of Johannesburg early this morning, and planned to spend the night there to protest what they called South Africa’s unnecessary dependence on coal.

Namibia needs more power

[img:Namibia_1b_0.jpg|President Hifikepunye
Pohamba starts generator
number three
at the Anixas power
station in Namibia.
]Walvis Bay, Namibia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 November 2011 - President Pohamba of Namibia has appealed to the country’s electricity utility NamPower to do everything in its power to explore alternative sources of energy in an effort to counter the power shortfall in Namibia.

Mini hydropower stations vital for future Zambian energy plans

[img:Agreements%20S_0.jpg|Solar power ‒ could
support hydroelectric
power in Zambia
]Lusaka, Zambia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 04 November 2011 - Zambian energy minister Chris Yaluma says that the concept of mini hydro-power stations will be vital for attaining the 2030 goal of electrifying rural Zambia, and adds that the power from these plants will come in handy.

Delivering an address here, Yaluma pointed out that there was too much load on the national power grid, especially with growth in the mines and various businesses.

Nuclear power a priority for Nigeria

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg|Koeberg in South
Africa ‒ the only nuclear
power station on the
African continent
]New York, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 04 November 2011 - The Nigerian deputy envoy at the United Nations, BukunOlu Onemola, says that the introduction of nuclear-powered electricity in his country remains a major priority of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

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