Strathmore Energy Research Centre hosted a Certified Energy Manager training course between 5th and 13th of December 2016. The training was offered by the Association of Energy Professionals East Africa, the only local body accredited by the AEE to conduct CEM training, under the partial sponsorship of GIZ.
Strathmore University is the first educational institution in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. The genesis for the idea has been three and half years in the making.
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.