Understanding the Energy Transition Terrain in Kenya
Published 7 November 2019
(Minor revisions 12/11/2019) Kenya is in a unique development phase regarding its domestic energy supply and demand. The country has in the past grappled with the challenge of unsustainable, expensive and unreliable energy mix, which has resulted, to stagnation in manufacturing and industrial development. The country has also relied on an ageing energy infrastructure that is challenged in meeting the current requirements as envisaged in the country’s economic blueprint, the Kenya Vision 2030 and beyond. This study seeks to provide a situational analysis of the energy sector in Kenya by examining the composition of energy sources and strategies in the sector, as well as by conducting scenarios based on the different policies which the government has put in place to enhance energy efficiency and accessibility. The study will also provide policy recommendations that would enhance Kenya’s position to provide clean, sustainable and renewable energy. On efficiency of energy, much of the energy content of the available energy sources is wasted or lost by inefficiencies in energy generation, conversion, transmission and distribution processes. Specifically, the study will focus on energy efficiency through the lenses on renewable and clean energy sources, such as geothermal, nuclear, wind and solar.
This paper will be part of the OGEL Special Issue on "Energy Transitions 2020 - Achieving Just Energy Transitions through Law and Policy: Challenges and Solutions". More information here www.ogel.org/news.asp?key=610