EALA Praises Kenya Over Clean Energy
The legislators said Kenya was a role model in the energy production and said other states in the region should emulate it.
The members of the East African parliament drawn from Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda however warned that production of geothermal energy should not be carried out at the expense of the environment
The EALA MPs spoke this during a tour of the Olkaria plant in Naivasha which is geothermal rich area with the construction of 280 megawatts project now in its last stage.
“Geothermal power is the cheapest form of energy in terms of production and reliance and its exploration should go on,” Mararet Zziwa who is the Assembly Speaker said.
Abdi Ogle, a legislative assembly member called on KENGEN to make sure that the generation of geothermal power did not interfere with the environment.
Ogle expressed concern that the ongoing project in Olkaria would interfere with the nearby Hells Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha.
Peter Ouma, a Senior Manager at KENGEN in response said that they were fully committed to protecting the environment
“KENGEN is committed to adding an extra 585MW from geothermal power to the national grid by 2019,” Ouma concluded.
By Beth Nyaga
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