Power

Kenya Power increases power supply capacity

May 13, 2019

A newly commissioned transformer in Garissa would help improve power supply as the load supply has increased by an additional 2.5 MVA. Kenya Power has installed a 2.5MVA transformer at the Garissa substation to enhance its capacity and ensure enough supply to Garissa town and its environs. The utility announced on Monday that the additional…

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Malawi’s MAREP 8 extension lights up rural Mulanje

May 13, 2019

People in the areas of senior chiefs Mabuka and Chikumbu on Thursday could not hide their excitement following the coming of electricity to their areas. The connection of the areas to the Electiricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) power grid follows the extension of Malawi Rural Electrification Project 8 (MAREP) to the two areas. MAREP…

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East Africa power consumers unable to buy surplus

May 13, 2019

Electricity consumers in East Africa will continue to pay high prices despite significant investments in generation plants that have resulted in surplus output of power. It is increasingly emerging that the promise of cheap power will not materialise any time soon, mainly because of policy and planning failures that have culminated to a mismatch between…

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Outrage in Zimbabwe over ZESA load shedding

May 13, 2019

ROLLING power cuts have intensified across the country despite repeated denials by Zesa that it has re-introduced load-shedding. Zesa last week issued a statement where it distanced itself from a load-shedding schedule that was circulating on social media. The power utility, which announced that Kariba Power Station would soon be operating at half capacity with…

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National grid code plans underway for Mauritius

May 10, 2019

An Inception Workshop on the Establishment of a National Grid Code and Development of Standards, Funding and Incentive Strategy for Renewable Energy (RE) projects in Mauritius opened this morning at the Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Turtle Bay, in Balaclava. It is organised by the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) under the UNDP-Green Climate Fund (GCF) project…

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Namibia’s NORED disconnects power to five green schemes

May 10, 2019

The Northern Regions Electricity Distribution (NoRED) company disconnected power supplies to five green schemes in the Kavango and Zambezi regions on Monday. Agribusdev managing director Petrus Uugwanga, who confirmed the power disconnections yesterday, said they had earlier requested a N$24 million bailout from the government. The Namibian could not establish how much the green schemes…

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Uganda’s West Nile gets power relief

May 8, 2019

Government has commissioned a 4.6 Mega Watt (MW) generator to boost power supply in West Nile. The region initially boosted of 3.5 MW power generation capacity and the additional 4.6MW brings to 8.1MW electricity supply in the region. Another 8MW plant will be powered at the end of June to increase the supply to about…

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Kenya to save Sh2bn through new geothermal transmission line

May 7, 2019

Kenya will save Sh2 billion worth of electricity per year lost through leakages during transportation with the construction of a more efficient transmission line to supply geothermal power to western Kenya for the first time. The 300km high voltage line, with the benefit of less power losses, is set for completion early next year and…

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Over 400 South African organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom over load shedding

May 7, 2019

A law firm believes that its plans to launch a class action against Eskom over load shedding are viable, despite a previous statement from the power utility that there are limited grounds for such a case to be successful. De Beer Attorneys in April called on businesses and organisations which suffered losses due to power…

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Zimbabwe’s Zhombe region finally gets electricity as POTRAZ intensifies rural connections

May 7, 2019

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has brought hope and put smiles to the faces of people in and around Zhombe who have been lagging behind of the ever ticking technological development clock by setting up a base station in addition to the toll free centres where people can access internet connectivity.…

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