In East Africa, Kenyan’s are at risk of facing increased electricity tariffs as primary power generation facilities have been warned of the critical dam levels.
According to Standard Media, the electricity generating station at Masinga Dam, on the border of Embu and Machakos counties, may be forced to shutdown in the next few weeks due to insufficient water resources.
The Ministry of Energy says water levels in the dam are too low to allow the continued generation of electricity at the station unless it starts raining soon, media reported. Read more…
Electricity tariffs to potential rise
To ensure reliable power supply, the country may be forced to use expensive diesel-generated power plants to make up for the shortfall, which will potentially see an increase in the tariff for the end-user. Read more…
According to media, power costs have already gone up after the short rains of October-December failed. The extra costs have been passed on to consumers.
Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge said the dam, the main reservoir for the Seven Forks hydroelectricity system, is fast getting to its minimum operating levels, media reported.
When this happens, the Masinga power station will be switched off and the water released to feed the other power stations downstream including Kamburu, Gitaru and Kiambere.
Njoroge said: “The water levels are not good, especially in the Tana River catchment (area), and are just about to get to minimum operating level.
“Masinga itself may not generate but the stations downstream will continue generating. We are hopeful in the next three or so weeks, we will have rain. If we get rain, we will not see disruptions but if we don’t, then there will be some disruptions,” said Njoroge.
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