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Electricity, is expensive and in rather short supply in Kenya. Wood fuel is the cheapest and most accessible form of energy in the country.

But as Kenya's population grows, so too does its demand for electricity. Demand already outstrips supply - resulting in a large "shortfall", which is met each year by "emergency power suppliers" using thousands of tons of diesel and heavy fuel oil to generate thermal electricity.

Kenya's current electricity generating capacity stands at 1,450 MW. The Ministry of Energy forecasts that demand will grow to over 3,000 MW in 10 years time.

Kenya paid over USD 4.5 billion in 2014 for imported diesel and heavy fuel oil to generate electricity. This may have been expensive power but it was absolutely vital for the country's growing economy.

by Dr. Radut.