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Kenya Opens Doors for Private Companies to Import and Resell Electricity

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 2, 2024

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority

Under the proposed Energy Electric Power Undertaking Licensing Regulations, 2024, licenses will be available for various activities, including electricity import/export, generation, transmission, and retail supply. This will not only introduce competitive rates but also enhance service delivery and reliability for customers. The initiative is expected to encourage the use of alternative electricity sources and alleviate frequent outages caused by the existing infrastructure's limitations.
As of June last year, Kenya Power served 9.2 million customers, many of whom faced frequent power outages, largely attributed to outdated transmission lines.

Kenya is set to revolutionize its electricity sector by allowing private companies to import and export electricity, a move aimed at increasing competition and reducing power costs for consumers.


The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has introduced draft regulations to permit firms to engage in the electricity distribution market, challenging the current monopoly held by Kenya Power.


This policy change will enable firms to procure electricity from neighboring countries, potentially lowering wholesale tariffs and the overall cost of electricity for Kenyan consumers.


Under the proposed Energy Electric Power Undertaking Licensing Regulations, 2024, licenses will be available for various activities, including electricity import/export, generation, transmission, and retail supply.

This will not only introduce competitive rates but also enhance service delivery and reliability for customers.


The initiative is expected to encourage the use of alternative electricity sources and alleviate frequent outages caused by the existing infrastructure's limitations.


Kenya's move towards an open electricity market aligns with global trends towards deregulation and increased competition in energy sectors. By allowing market forces to dictate prices and services, Kenya aims to ensure more affordable and reliable electricity for its citizens and businesses, fostering economic growth and sustainability.

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