With the government intention to cut the high cost of electricity by embracing alternatives to cheaper means of saving and creating energy such as wind, solar or biomass, Kenya Power data indicates that thermal power sources has considerably risen.
Data for the period shows that thermal power sources which are diesel-fuel generated 2,024.69kWh was higher than that of last year August which stood at 1,234.17kWh. This rise of thermal energy has been attributed to insufficient rainfall experienced early in the year causing low hydropower generation.
This has seen households and businesses using diesel-fueled thermal pay more due to a higher fuel-cost charge, one of the components of power bills.
An additional 70MW of geothermal is anticipated in December adding the total capacity to the grid this year to 280MW. Also an extra 183MW of thermal capacity has been planned into different generators in Thika and Athi River.
The higher fuel charge is estimated to end by December which will lower cost in the short run while adding geothermal power in the long run.