Renewable Energy To Help Reduce Cost Of Electricity

The chairman of the Energy committee at the Council Of Governors (COG) Jackson Mandago addressing the press at JKUAT after officially opening a one week training on renewable energy for County Executives in charge of energy.
The Council of Governors (COG) has said that the adoption of renewable energy is the only way to reduce the cost of electricity and woe investors who will help the country industrialize.

The chairman of the Energy committee at the COG Jackson Mandago said that the cost of electricity in the country which stands at 14 US cents is very expensive and it needs to come down to below 10 US cents in order to attract investors.

Mandago speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on Tuesday when he officially opened a one week training on renewable energy for the County Executive in-charge of energy said that Counties can easily help the country achieve the quest for reducing the cost of energy.

“We are not only looking at reducing the cost of energy we are also looking at how do we make our environment clean and free from the carbon emissions which are leading to global warming,” explained Mandago insisting that if this is not done the country is staring at starvation.

Mandago who is also the governor of Uasin Gishu county said that the  if the country  continue to use the traditional forms of energy like charcoal and firewood then we are staring at starvation as we persist to deplete our forests which are our water towers.

“In most parts of this country people are farming and largely involved in livestock keeping, this is a large potential for this country to produce bio gas and stop this business of waiting for charcoal that has been smuggled from Baringo or Wajir,” he said.

He explained that one of the things that is causing fighting between the boundaries Mandera and Somalia is the charcoal insisting that we are fighting for energy.

Mandago at the same time challenged the Nairobi City County Government saying … “For how long as a country are we going to complain of the Dandora dumpsite, as we discus about energy we should be implementing the proposals of turning the dumpsite into an energy production hub and this is a challenge to all the big town in the country.”

The Vice Chancellor (VC) JKUAT Prof. Mabel Imbuga said that as a university that specializes in technology they are working with counties to capacity build their staff so that they can be able to take up the renewable energy projects.  

“We have the bright light project which is doing research on renewable energy and have come up with a project of producing bio gas using water hyacinth which has been a nuisance to the people living around lake Victoria,” explained Imbuga.

She went on to advise that with only two cows a farmer can also produce biogas which is enough for his house hold and can be shared with neighbours.
 
“We are saying that these things are doable so let us support the county governments and the universities to come up with innovations to drive us towards Vision 2030,” she said.  

The training is being funded by the United Nations Industrial development Program (UNIDO).
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