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Overview of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Status in Narok County, Kenya

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Narok County, a region rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty, is taking significant steps towards energy efficiency and conservation. In the following blog ‘Overview of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Status in Narok County, Kenya,’ authors Hilarious Kifalu and Victor Otieno, along with reviewers Sarah Oderah, Dr. Eng. Fenwicks Musonye, and Patrick Mwanzia, present a comprehensive analysis of the current energy efficiency landscape in the county. This study was conducted as part of the development of the County Energy Plan (CEP), aligning with global and national goals such as SDG7 and Kenya’s Energy Act 2019. It highlights the importance of energy efficiency as a cost-effective method to reduce CO2 emissions, enhance energy security, and improve household health and safety.

 

The research underscores the pivotal role of energy efficiency in Narok County’s energy planning. It details the existing policy and regulatory frameworks guiding these efforts, such as the Energy Management Regulations 2012 and the Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (KNEECS) 2020. The study assesses key sectors, including county public buildings, households, commercial industries, and transport, providing a clear picture of the current state of energy efficiency practices and identifying areas for improvement. The analysis reveals moderate adoption rates of energy-efficient technologies and practices, with significant room for enhancement in areas such as lighting, cooling, and the use of renewable energy sources.

 

Addressing the challenges of implementing energy efficiency measures, the study offers actionable recommendations, including increased financing for projects, development of a county building code, and promotion of efficient cooking technologies. Ultimately, the study aims to pave the way for collaborative efforts to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability in Narok County, fostering a more resilient and environmentally friendly future.

 

Read more here. 

 

Article written by: Stephen Wakhu

33rd edition of RES4Africa Academy’s Technical and Vocational School Marked

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Eighteen young energy professionals from Kenya, Tanzania, and the USA participated in the 33rd edition of the RES4Africa Academy’s Technical and Vocational School (formerly MGA) on Micro-Grid Academy. This training, focusing on Module #4 – Economics and Regulatory Frameworks, was supported by the Enel Foundation and conducted entirely in person in Nairobi, Kenya, from May 27th to 31st, 2024.

 

The training sessions held at  Strathmore University, in collaboration with Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), provided trainees with in-depth knowledge and a comprehensive overview of Module 4: Economics and Regulatory Frameworks. This module covered a broad range of topics, including procurement and construction, DRE economics, business models and microproject financing, and energy policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks with a focus on Kenya.

 

On the occasion, four training participants reached significant milestones. They not only completed all four modules of the Micro Grid Academy but also became the first in Africa to be recognized by the esteemed Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP). This prestigious program, launched by the National Academy of Engineering (USA) in 2008, honors students for innovative solutions with high social and economic impacts, bridging countries and cultures. The awardees were recognized for acquiring the five GCSP competences: Technical DesignSocialEconomicMulticultural, and Multidisciplinary

 

This immersive learning experience was made possible through collaboration with key partners, including the Technical and Vocational School network, Strathmore University, AVSI Foundation, and Enel Foundation.

 

This article was first posted on the RES4 Africa Foundation Website.

 

The Future of Transport in Kenya is Electric

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Globally, we continue to witness adverse weather conditions in the form of floods, heavy snow, forest fires, drought, blizzards among others due to climate change. As a country, we need to rethink how we contribute to the effects experienced globally especially in the roads sector which is powered mostly by fossil fuels and 72 percent imported petroleum products. It is projected that the roads sector will increase greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent in 2030 up from 13 percent in 2015 not to mention the effects it will have on our health.

 

It is with this sobering reality and a bid to reach Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to abate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by thirty two percent by 2030, that the Ministry of Roads and Transport established the Electric Mobility (e-Mobility) Taskforce to develop a National e-Mobility policy, Strategy, Legislations and Regulations for Kenya in August 2023.

 

On 27th March 2024, the e-Mobility taskforce launched the draft National e-Mobility policy with a mission to create a pathway towards transportation that is more sustainable, efficient, and equitable, powered by e-Mobility with a vision to position Kenya as a leader in e-Mobility transition in Africa.

 

 

The draft policy is guided by seven key objectives that includes developing legal and regulatory frameworks, promoting local manufacturing and assembly of electric vehicles, enhancing e-Mobility infrastructure, building local technical capacity, scaling up socioeconomic measures, reducing over reliance on Road Maintenance Levy (RML) and improving fiscal and non-fiscal measures to promote fast adoption of electric vehicles in Kenya.

 

During the launch, Cabinet Secretary (CS), Kipchumba Murkomen EGH stated that the Ministry of Roads and Transport has begun the process of assigning green-coloured number plates for all electric vehicles including electric motorbikes. Special plates he added will help raise awareness about electric vehicles.

 

The use of green number plates as a non-fiscal incentive is a good start but more needs to be done to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. The draft national e-Mobility policy highlights the importance of also having fiscal incentives as part of the policy packages that can encourage Kenyan’s make the ultimate switch from internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs).

 

Currently, to import a fully built electric bus will cost around Kshs 60 million (USD 453,000) while a fully built imported ICE bus will cost around Kshs 25 million (USD 188,000). In the two-wheeler sector, a new electric motorbike costs roughly Kshs 240,000 (USD 1,800) and an ICE motorbike costs about Kshs 200,000 (USD 1500).

 

During her speech, Rebecca Miano, EGH reiterated the importance of incentives and affirmed stakeholders that the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry is working to incentivize EV manufacturers, assemblers especially batteries which is the most expensive component in the manufacturing of electric vehicles. This policy she added will guide the ministry in the implementation of this.

 

The draft national e-Mobility Policy is now publicly available. We urge all Kenyans to acquaint themselves with the future of sustainable transport in Kenya by reading the policy and chiming their thoughts as we move the process forward.

 

The e-Mobility taskforce will now embark on public participation meetings in six regions, commencing mid-April. These meetings will be open to the public, providing an opportunity for them to gain deeper insights into the policy and share their thoughts.

 

Strathmore University continues to play a pivotal role in developing the policy, with three members of staff actively participating in the e-Mobility taskforce. Professor Izael Da Silva leads the team, alongside Ignatius Maranga and Anne Njoroge.

 

This article was written by Anne Njoroge, Communications Officer at Strathmore Energy Research Centre, and a member of the e-Mobility Taskforce.