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“This will see Kenyans reap the full benefit of cheaper electricity.”

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) Managing Director and CEO Peter Njenga has promised Kenyans that they will get cheaper electricity prices in the coming days. 

In a statement on Monday, February 5, Njenga announced that KenGen has increased its hydropower generation after the country’s main dams in the Seven Forks Cascade hit one of the highest water levels in the recent past.

The KenGen CEO noted that the impressive performance has largely been driven by Masinga Dam, which is Kenya's largest dam, maintaining near maximum water levels of 1,056 meters above sea level (mASL), over the last three days.

“We are happy to report that we are receiving very good inflows from the Mount Kenya and Aberdares catchment areas which has led to high water levels at our dams,” said the KenGen Managing Director.

He added, “This will see Kenyans reap the full benefit of cheaper electricity.”

File image of Kenya Power technicians at work.

Njenga noted that the company has recorded a peak output of more than 471MW in the last 24 hours from the Seven Forks which will go a long way in stabilizing grid-scale electricity costs.

At the same time, Njenga assured Kenyans living downstream of the five dams that the water would not spill anytime soon despite the high water levels.

“Despite getting close to the maximum water levels at the Masinga Dam which is our biggest, we have not reached spilling level thanks to a robust water management program being implemented by our engineers. We however remain vigilant and will issue an alert should we envision a potential water overflow from the large dams,” Njenga stated.

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) on January 11 increased token prices after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) raised the energy charge by 8.7 percent to Ksh4.33 per unit. Initially, the regulator charged Ksh3.98 per unit.