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Why electricity bills are still increasing

A technician fixes electricity lines in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A technician fixes electricity lines in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC bought an additional one billion kilowatt hour (kWh) of expensive thermal electricity in the 10 months to October, leaving homes and businesses to struggle with costly bills.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) says that Kenya Power bought 2.1 billion kWh of electricity in the period to October, up from 1.1 billion in the same period a year.

Kenya has increased reliance on expensive diesel generators to shore up supply from several hydro dams that have dominated power generation for decades and whose production has been hindered by poor rains.

The share of hydro power dropped to 27 per cent compared to 41 per cent in the 10 months to October 2016, with the dams’ production falling by 1.1 billion kWh.

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