Over the past four months leading up to April, Uganda has realised an increase in power exports to Kenya amounting to 300%.
According to the Monitor, drought has cut the east African country’s local generation of hydro-electric power by 347 million kilowatt hours (kWh).
It is reported that Kenya imported 92.3 million kWh from Uganda in the last four months (up to April) compared to 13.66 million units in the same period last year.
Media further highlighted that this is a departure from last year when Kenya cut by half electricity imports from Uganda following the injection of the additional 280MW geothermal power to the national grid a year earlier.
Kenya has a direct electricity transmission line connecting with Uganda via Tororo, enabling bulk power imports.
Hydropower generation plunges
The Monitor also noted that around 910 million kWh of the energy supplied to the Kenyan grid came from hydropower during the four months under review. This is a considerable decrease from 1.25 billion units in the same period last year.
It is reported that the supply shortfall was plugged by increased intake of imports and expensive diesel-fired electricity.
In February, ESI Africa reported that Kenya Power reassured its customers that regardless of the current drought inhibiting the efficiency of hydropower generation, the utility does not forecast power rationing.
The power company’s acting chief executive, Ken Tarus, said: “Even with the hydrological conditions that we are experiencing at the moment, we do not foresee any possibility of carrying out power rationing. Get it from us – we are not about to carry out any power rationing.”
In efforts to calm fears, Kenya Power reassured the public that it would have an electricity reserve of 27.11% from its energy mix, which would supplement any shortfalls experienced, media reported.
Media further highlighted that the notion is in line with the effective generation capacity of 2,250MW against a demand of 1,640MW.