EXPANSION OF ELECTRICITY ACCESS IN KENYA: PROPOSED NEW REGULATIONS ON MINI-GRIDS

Aug 2021

Our member`s Bowmans overview.

In line with the Government’s objectives of achieving universal electricity access, the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES) identifies mini-grids as a decentralized solution of scaling up electricity supply. The recently published 2021 – 2030 Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP) highlights the Government’s intention to prioritize the development of geothermal, wind and solar energy plants as well as solar-fed mini-grids for rural electrification.

It is against this background that the Energy and Petroleum Authority (EPRA) has developed the draft Energy (Mini-Grid) Regulations, 2021 (the Draft Regulations) intended to provide a clear regulatory regime for mini-grid development to support the growth of this electrification segment.

The impact of the proposals in the Draft Regulations will require careful consideration concurrently with other recent energy sector developments. EPRA is engaging stakeholders and has been receiving comments on the Draft Regulations, a process Bowmans has participated in. As a key play in the Energy Sector in Kenya Bowmans will continue to keep an eye on these developments.

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