Kenya Power, regulator jostle over control of new electricity plants

Two key players in the country’s power sector are embroiled in a tug of war over the control of the sector that could affect planned projects as well as have major repercussions on the industry.

This is as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and Kenya Power fight over who should have the final say in deciding which new power plants will be developed and added to the country’s electricity generation mix.

Kenya Power’s bid to salvage its image after a yearlong battering following several missteps said it had frozen the signing new Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

The power distributor said among the key considerations in making the decision was the need to keep power costs down for consumers.

It, however, did not take long before ERC replied to the power utility firm in a rejoinder. The regulator said it was its mandate carry out energy planning and would when necessary advice Kenya Power to take such drastic action.

Source: Standard Media

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