Kenya: Regime cancels power purchase negotiations, replaces energy minister

Source: Reuters

“Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the cancellation of all ongoing and incomplete power purchase agreements being negotiated with the state distributor Kenya Power his office said on Wednesday. The president also replaced the energy minister, a spokesperson said. The nullification is part of a raft of recommendations from a team he set up in March to review the agreements. … Kenyatta said that future power purchase agreements with the government will have to be in line with its Least Cost Power Development Plan, which emphasises the use of renewable energy sources. Consumers in the East African economy often complain of steep power bills, which are partially due to idle capacity charges that compensate power generators for electricity that is generated but never used.” (09/29/21)