, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has asked the government to fast track the development of green energy sources including geothermal, wind, and solar among others.
Speaking at The Energy Management Awards in Nairobi at the weekend, KAM Chairman Polycarp Igathe said that this would provide clean and reliable energy at competitive rates and increase the growth of the manufacturing sector.
“We would like to see commitment on the part of the government and indeed, all sector players responsible for making power supply reliable, by ensuring that there is a timeframe within which Kenya will celebrate the era of uninterrupted power supply,” he said.
Igathe said that there is need for consistent and reliable power supply as electricity interruptions are impacting negatively on manufacturers’ efficiency levels.
“I call upon the utility providers, Kenya Power, for a moment to take some time and ask what are we not doing right that makes our tariff rates among the highest in the world? Is it poor planning or is it implementation? Is it inefficiencies and what can we do to bring the cost down,” he asked.
Igathe also asked power generators to provide more clean energy sources as opposed to petrol-thermal plants to stabilise the price of electric energy in the country.
He said that stable energy costs and availability of power supply will increase investments as this will provide business entities with future cash flow projections.
“We would like to see the utility provider expanding the distribution network, strengthening the network to guarantee maximum utilisation of the infrastructure and expanding the customer base. This, in our view, will generate more revenue in the long-run,” he observed.