To increase access to electricity across the country, Kenya is on its way to execute the Kenya Electricity Modernization Project (KEMP). The project set to be complete in the year 2020 is worth KES562m ($562m) with World Bank committing KES251m ($250m). Companies behind implementing this project include Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Energy regulatory Commission(ERC), Rural Electrification Authority(REA) and Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited.
This project aims at upgrading supervisory control and data acquisition of energy management system, enhance maintenance practices to improve the reliability of electricity supply. With great importance, it will protect revenues that Kenya Power receives from sales to large and medium customers, ensuring that all users in that high value segment are systematically billed according to accurately metered consumption and thus reduce non-technical losses.
Kenya Power will require KES58bn to have achieved universal access of electricity by 2020.Kenya is geared toward a 70% national connectivity by 2017 thus increasing business opportunities. Over 630,000 Kenyans will benefit from access to electricity, existing consumers will enjoy better quality of electricity services, and the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) will be financially stronger as a result of a new project approved by the World Bank Group.
In May 2015, Last Mile Connectivity program was launched by President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto. Through the program entire public school would be electrified by this month and the cost of connection fee would drop to KES15,000 payable in installments.