In­creased power sup­ply will boost eco­nomic growth

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

De­mand for cheap and re­li­able en­ergy is in­creas­ing and we must look for ways to in­crease power gen­er­a­tion. Elec­tric­ity is a key en­abler of eco­nomic growth as iden­ti­fied in Vi­sion 2030. The avail­able 1700MW is too lit­tle to power the big de­vel­op­ment plans that the gov­ern­ment has. Ex­perts have noted that an in­crease in growth in lo­cal econ­omy has been stretch­ing power sup­ply, call­ing for an ex­pan­sion and de­vel­op­ment of re­new­able sources of en­ergy such as so­lar, wind and geo­ther­mal.The sup­ply of mod­ern en­ergy al­ways mir­rors the eco­nomic for­tunes of any coun­try. The na­tions that lead in power gen­er­a­tion in the world are also the eco­nomic su­per­pow­ers. For Kenya to race faster to reach where the eco­nomic su­per pow­ers are, en­ergy sup­ply must be made a pri­or­ity. Pro­vid­ing qual­ity, ad­e­quate and af­ford­able power to all homes and in­dus­tries will em­power much-needed eco­nomic growth.

ERICK KIZITO Nairobi

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