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Energy task force to review electricity tariff contracts

The upgrading will see Juja Road electricity transmission improved to increase the station's reliability, security, operational flexibility and transformational capacity to connect more customers into the grid as well as to improve general quality of the power/FILE

The task force will review legislation relating to PPAs, establish the annual revenue requirements for each PPA and for the remaining PPA period./FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – The government has constituted a task force to review all contracts with Independent Power Producers (IPP).

The task force, which comes after the State House Summit, will ascertain the cost effectiveness of the power purchase agreements signed between the government and IPPs, and also between KPLC and power plants operated by KENGEN.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter says close to 3600MW has been committed by IPPs and that the review by the task force will work to reduce the cost of tariffs.

“It is recognized that because of technological advances and innovation, the cost of equipment for Feed-in Tariffs technologies have drastically reduced, and we intent to leverage on this positive change so that we can give Kenyans the best tariff,” said Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter.

Meanwhile, the Energy ministry has suspended further processing of Expressions of Interest under the Feed-In Tariffs policy.

The task force, which has until 31st December 2016 to submit their recommendations, includes officials from the Ministry of Energy, State law office, National Treasury, Nairobi and Strathmore Universities, and energy state agencies.

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