On Wednesday, Kenya Power recorded that monthly rural electricity consumption in 2015 climbed to 45 million kWh from 39 million kWh the previous year.

That equates to an annual consumption of 520 million KWh, up from 474 million KWh in 2014, News Ghana reported.

Kenya Power: Improving power network

This increase can be linked to the country’s continuous efforts in boosting the national electricity supply and expanding into the rural communities across the east African region.

Such projects include the Last Mile Connectivity Project, a government initiative established to expand affordable and efficient electricity access across remote, indigent communities in the east African region.

According to News Ghana, the strengthened power system has seen a rise in new customers of around 1.04 million, increasing the number of households with access to electricity to over 3.3 million— a 46% growth in just over a year.

Recorded stats

The recorded data indicated that the month of May and July 2015, the highest consumption was recorded, which came in around 52 and 50 million kWh respectively.

News Ghana reported that Henry Wandera, an economics lecturer said: “The rise in electricity consumption in rural areas shows government efforts to spread power connections are paying off in a big way. This is what Kenya needs if it is to become a middle-income economy.”

Fighting vandals

In other Kenya Power news, on Wednesday, the power utility released a statement saying that a “suspected notorious vandal and illegal electricity connection mastermind in Baringo was yesterday arrested by Police in Eldoret.”

The suspect was arrested in connection with vandalism of electrical equipment and coordinating illegal electricity connections in the North Rift region.

In a separate incident, a twelve year old minor was yesterday electrocuted by an illegal power line in Kibera’s Silanga area.

Kenya Power has embarked on a nationwide campaign with an aim of removing all illegal connections to ensure public safety.