According to Kenya’s Energy Principal Secretary, the government is hoping that it would achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2030. More Kenyans are being linked to energy, which is spurring new technologies and business ideas, as the government increases access to clean, dependable, and affordable electricity from under 30% in the year 2013 to upwards of 75% by the year 2020.
Renewable energy now accounts for 73 percent of all existing power generation output, and 90 percent of the power that is consumed in the country comes from clean sources, according to Principal Secretary of Energy, Major General Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa, which is critical to improving people’s health – and a crucial component of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Kenya is on track to reach 100% clean energy use by the year 2030 and 100 percent accessibility to clean cooking by the year 2028, according to Kihalangwa, who spoke at the Kenya Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy Implementation Plan Validation Workshop.
“Households, buildings, transportation, utilities-industry, and agriculture are all covered by the Strategic Plan. Affordable housing, manufacturing, food security, and affordable healthcare for everybody are all part of the ‘Big Four’ Agenda, according to Kihalangwa.
He noted that, with Kenya’s building stock expected to reach 47 million square meters by 2025, electricity usage in the building and construction industry is expected to rise, and that, by 2030, all new and existing structures will be powered by renewable energy sources.
The Ministry of Energy, according to Kihalangwa, integrated the legislation relating to energy through the Energy Act 2019, which provides for county and national government roles in the energy sector.
“These were in the fields of renewable energy promotion, exploration, recovery, and commercial geothermal use, among other things, in order to put Kenya on the path to reaching energy efficiency and conservation targets,” Kihalangwa added.
“Our Ministry, in partnership with the World Resources Institute and the Environment and Forestry Ministry, has filed for a NAMA (Nationally Agreed Mitigation Actions) Facility Small Electric Vehicle initiative,” the Principal Secretary said. The concept has progressed to the Detailed Preparation Phase.”
He went on to say that the Ministry is involved in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area’s Mass Rapid Transit System, stating that the Energy Ministry impacted the choice to switch electric for Bus Rapid Transit. “KPLC has created a Super Energy Service Company with the help of the Africa Development Bank,” he said.
According to the Principal Secretary, energy sector changes are constantly being developed and implemented in order to improve the national economy’s long-term viability and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. These revisions will help Kenya meet its climate targets set out in its first Nationally Determined Contributions and implement the Paris Agreement.