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EDITORIAL: Ministry of Energy officials should be more transparent

The revelation that the Ministry of Energy rejected a project that would have seen a Swedish firm build a 600-megawatt offshore wind power plant raises more queries than answers. 

It does not easily add up how the government could be pursuing a nuclear power project whose budget it is estimated could rise up to Sh2 trillion for 4,000 megawatts, and at the same time reject the proposed Malindi wind farm.
It could as well be that Ministry of Energy officials who rejected the project had the best interests of the country at heart.
As has been demonstrated by recent geothermal power plants, the economy does not have capacity to absorb huge power injections at a go.

Whereas electricity generation has now far exceeded even peak power demand; old, low capacity and/or non-existent transmission lines make it difficult to tap most of the new geothermal power that has been generated over the past two years.

The infrastructure deficiency has left Kenyans still paying high power bills to diesel-powered generators as construction of high-voltage transmission lines had dragged for years.