Factsheet: Least Cost Power Development Plan 2011-2031

Least Cost Power Development Plan 2011-2031

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Description: 
Kenya’s power industry generation and transmission system planning is undertaken on the basis of a 20 year rolling Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP), updated every year (resources: Multiple RE Sources including biomass & biogas, Geothermal, Wind, Hydropower). The biomass energy resources in Kenya are derived from forests formations such as closed forests, woodlands, bush lands, grasslands, farmlands, plantations and agricultural and industrial residues. These resources include woodfuel (firewood and charcoal) and agricultural residues. Biomass fuels are the most important source of primary energy in Kenya with woodfuel consumption accounting for over 68% of the total primary energy consumption. There exists substantial potential for power generation using biomass resources such as animal waste for agro based industries, baggasse by the sugar industry in a process called cogeneration and municipal waste by the local authorities for own consumption and export to the grid. The present value of the total system expansion cost over the period 2011-2031 for the reference case development plan amounts to US.$ 41.4 billion, expressed in constant prices as of the beginning of 2010. The transmission development plan indicates the need to develop approximately 10,345 Kms of new lines at an estimated present cost of USD 4.48 Billion. The Ministry of Energy (MoE) is responsible for a timely implementation of the LCPDP by 2031.
Goal/Aim: 
Increase the share of renewable energy in electricity production. Support renewable energy projects.

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