New energy policy in the making in Kenya

Lighting Africa facilitated the Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) stakeholder deliberations on the Kenyan draft National Energy Policy, on 29 November in Nairobi.

Key stakeholders in the energy sector, such as KEREA, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Kenyan Investment Authority, GIZ, Carbon Africa, UNIDO and the Independent Power Producers met to make comments on the draft for the government’s consideration.

The KEREA and its members are advocating for a great role for decentralized renewable energy technologies in the new national energy policy, to increase energy access in the rural areas in Kenya.

The draft energy policy reviews the energy sector framework to align it with the new Constitution that was adopted in August 2010. The energy policy seeks to ensure adequate, reliable, quality, equitable, sustainable and cost effective supply of energy to meet national and county development needs, while protecting and conserving the environment.

The deliberations are part of a six months consultation process between the Kenyan government and civil society on the energy policy.

Visit the Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) website: http://kerea.org/