Kenya Power is focused on enhancing the quality of power supply to both domestic and industrial customers through investment in the distribution infrastructure that will ensure that customers are supplied from various points to minimise outages in Kisumu and the wider Western and Southern Nyanza region.
The company will spend KSh 1.5 billion to implement the power upgrade projects, which includes repair works on existing substations and distribution lines and installation of additional transformers.
“We are also extending distribution network through construction of new medium and low voltage lines in the region to connect more homes to the grid,” Dr. Ken Tarus, Kenya Power’s Managing Director & CEO said. The projects are scheduled for completion by 2019.
Dr. Tarus was on a visit to Kisumu Concrete Products (KCP) and Mombasa Maize Millers over the weekend, as part of the Company’s engagement with large power customers. He noted that electricity is a key enabler of economic growth and as such Kenya Power plays a key role in the Government’s Big-Four Agenda.
On its part, Kenya Power is focused on optimizing the energy mix by ensuring that more renewable energy is absorbed to reduce reliance on thermal electricity and lower the fuel cost charge.
“The issue of high cost of power has been presented to the Government and is being considered. When a solution is found, Kenya Power will be more than willing to implement,” Dr. Tarus said, adding that approximately, 60% of Kenya Power’s revenue from sale of electricity is from large power consumers.
The large power customers engagement programme comprises of industrial visits, establishment of regional industry liaison offices to enable coordinate response to customer issues, segmentation and grouping of customers into WhatsApp groups to encourage real time communication and incident management.
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