Strathmore Energy Research Center had the opportunity of hosting VESTAS who came in to share their vast knowledge on Wind Energy and the opportunities the Strathmore community can tap into.
Vestas is a wind turbine company headquartered in Denmark with projects in 75 countries. In Kenya, Vestas is a contractor to Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) and will manufacture, transport, install and service the wind park under a 15-year service and availability contract with LTWP.
The Certified Energy Manager (CEM) is an internationally recognized certification that enables recipients to carry out energy audits in Kenya and other parts of the world. According to the Energy Management Regulations 2012, facilities designated by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) should undergo energy audits once every three years. The deadline for conducting the first set of energy audits elapsed in 2015. Only 800 out of 4000 facilities have managed to submit their energy audit reports to date. One of the barriers to the energy audit process could be the limited number of licensed energy auditors. Presently, a register maintained by the ERC lists only 37 licensed energy auditors.
The Kenya Tea Development Agency Holdings Ltd. (KTDA) processes tea grown by small-scale farmers. It owns and operates 66 tea processing facilities around the country. Tea production is an energy intensive process with energy costs constituting up to 30% of the total production costs. Energy efficiency is therefore a major opportunity to cut production costs in the tea industry. In addition, the Energy Management Regulations, 2012 mandates designated facilities to put in place management systems to conserve energy.
Energy Management has continued to be a major topic in the East African region. Industrial, commercial and institutional facilities can substantially reduce their energy costs through reduction and control of their energy usage.