Kenya

Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Kenya has committed at least USD 4.71 million to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • No public money commitments identified for unconditional fossil fuels
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional fossil fuels
  • At least USD 4.71 million for unconditional clean energy through 9 policies (3 quantified and 6 unquantified)
  • Some public money committed for conditional clean energy (3 policies with the value of public money unquantified)
  • Some public money committed for other energy (1 policy with the value of public money unquantified)

By energy type, no public money commitments identified for oil and gas.

In addition, no public money commitments identified for coal.

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, no public money commitments identified for multiple fossil fuels.

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Kenya through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

More information on key poverty and inequality indicators in Kenya can be found on the Inequality and Poverty Dashboard page.

Updated: 25 May 2022


At least

$0

Supporting fossil fuel energy

$0.00

Per capita



At least

$4.71 million

Supporting clean energy

$87,277.09

Per capita

Kenya

Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Kenya has committed at least USD 4.71 million to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • No public money commitments identified for unconditional fossil fuels
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional fossil fuels
  • At least USD 4.71 million for unconditional clean energy through 9 policies (3 quantified and 6 unquantified)
  • Some public money committed for conditional clean energy (3 policies with the value of public money unquantified)
  • Some public money committed for other energy (1 policy with the value of public money unquantified)

By energy type, no public money commitments identified for oil and gas.

In addition, no public money commitments identified for coal.

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, no public money commitments identified for multiple fossil fuels.

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Kenya through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

More information on key poverty and inequality indicators in Kenya can be found on the Inequality and Poverty Dashboard page.

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Public money commitments to fossil fuels, clean and other energy in Kenya recovery packages since January 2020, USD billion, as of 25 May 2022

Country Jurisdiction Category Policy name Sector Energy Type Mechanism Value committed, USD Date of announcement Stage Legislation and Endorsing Agency Arm of Government Primary and secondary stated objective of the policy Date of entry into force Implemented repeal date, if any Value committed, national currency Value disbursed, national currency Value disbursed, USD: Policy background Links to official sources Links to additional sources
Kenya National Other energy Kenya receives $750 million boost for COVID-19 recovery efforts Power generation Multiple energy types Uncategorized 2021061010/06/2021 Electricity generation Public finance institution The objective of this policy is to reinforce Kenya's resilient, inclusive, and green economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy operation prioritizes reforms in hard hit sectors including healthcare, education, and energy, which have been made urgent by the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The priority on the energy sector includes improving electricity access and ensure that Kenyans benefit from least-cost, clean energy sources. Uncertain how much is allocated to energy.

https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2021/06/10/kenya-receives-750-million-boost-for-covid-19-recovery-efforts
Kenya National Clean unconditional Renewable Energy Auctions Policy Power generation Multiple renewable New or extended regulation (IT... Electricity generation Government The primary objective of the policy is to procure RE capacity at competitive prices and aligned to the Least Cost Power Development Plan. The Energy Sector has identified a number of areas that can benefit from localized generation that would provide voltage support, improve power quality, and stimulate demand growth. 01/01/2021 REAP outlines the approach to renewable energy procurement in Kenya based on competitive auctions. This is to apply to all solar and wind power projects and other RE projects large than 20MW. All approved solar and wind expression of interests granted under the old FIT policy will be transitioned to the REAP framework. The Energy sector has identified a number of areas which could benefit from localized generation that would provide voltage support, improve power quality and stimulate demand growth

https://communications.bowmanslaw.com/REACTION/emsdocuments/Renewable%20energy%20auction%20Policy.pdf
Kenya National Clean conditional Feed-in-Tariffs Power generation Multiple renewable New or extended regulation (IT... 2021010101/01/2021 Electricity generation Government The objectives of the FIT policy include the facilitation of resource mobilization by providing investment security and market stability for investors in electricity generation from renewable energy sources; reduce transaction and administrative costs and delays associated with the conventional procurement processes; encourage private investors to operate their power plants prudently and efficiently; encourage local investors to participate in power generation The Feed-in-Tariff policy is an instrument for promoting generation of electricity from renewable energy sources. It allows power producers to sell renewable energy generated electricity to an off-taker at a pre-determined tariff for a given period of time.

https://communications.bowmanslaw.com/REACTION/emsdocuments/fitPolicy.pdf
Kenya National Clean unconditional Least Cost Development Plan Power generation Multiple renewable New or extended regulation (IT... 2021040101/04/2021 Electricity generation Government The objectives of the LCPD policy is to provide a 10 year plan for the least cost power generation expansion plan for post COVID-19 development support program. The Least Cost Power Generation Expansion Plan was prepared for the period of 2021-2030 that is derived from a longer term LCPDP for 2020-2040. This was a part of the National Government undertakings for post COVID-19 development support program and the attendant engagements with Development Partners. The update was found necessary to make long term planning assumptions more predictable given the certainty for the next ten years.

https://communications.bowmanslaw.com/REACTION/emsdocuments/LCPD%202021.pdf
Kenya National Clean conditional Kenya to add 80 MW of solar power to national grid in 2021 Power generation Solar Budget or off-budget transfer ... 2020121111/12/2020 Electricity generation Other The objective of this project is to increase the solar power by 80 MW to the national electricity grid in 2021. Private investors have received approval to build two solar electric plants at 40 MW each that will be operational in 2021. The new regulatory framework will promote technology transfer by ensuring that all solar projects undertaken by foreign firms have a minimum local content.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/11/c_139582726.htm
Kenya National Clean unconditional $1M commitment to electrify communities in rural Kenya Power generation Solar Budget or off-budget transfer ... 9259.2592592593 2021060202/06/2021 Electricity storage or transmission or distribution Other The objective of this project is to increase energy through developing and operating solar minigrids in the communities of Lomekwi, Nakukulas, Locheremoit, Kagintan, Kori, and Lonrengelup by the end of 2021. This will provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to more than 7,500 individuals and multiple small and medium businesses, laying the foundation for improved livelihoods and economic growth. 1000000 Social investment managers and advisors LLC (SIMA) and Renewvia energy corporation have announced a partnership to electrify rural communities in Kenya underserved by conventional utilities. Financing solar mini grids which will provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to more than 7500 individuals and multiple small and medium businesses.

https://www.privateequitywire.co.uk/2021/06/02/301252/renewvia-energy-receives-usd1m-commitment-sima-fund-electrify-communities-rural
Kenya National Clean unconditional Kenya: Infraco Africa and RVE.SOL join forces for 22 solar mini-grids in Busia County Power generation Solar Budget or off-budget transfer ... 74074.074074074 2021070707/07/2021 Electricity generation Other The objective of this project is to electrify multiple villages in Busia County in western Kenya with the installation of solar mini-grid systems. 8000000 The project works to electrify 22 villages resulting in 7,000 connections in rural Busia County. This is being funded through RVE.SOL (Kudura) and infraCO.

https://www.afrik21.africa/en/kenya-infraco-africa-and-rve-sol-join-forces-for-22-solar-mini-grids-in-busia-county/
Kenya National Clean unconditional Kenya launches tend to add solar to 22 diesel mini grids Power generation Multiple renewable New or extended regulation (IT... 2021020404/02/2021 Electricity generation Government The objective of this project is to add solar and wind power generators to 23 existing diesel mini-grids across Kenya. Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has issued a tender to add solar and wind power to existing diesel mini-grids. Of the 23 mini-grids, which have the capacity ranging from 50-2,320 kva, only one will add wind power while the others will add PV installations.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/04/kenya-launches-tender-to-add-solar-to-22-diesel-mini-grids/
Kenya National Clean unconditional World Bank offers $4.6m credit for off-grid solar panels and cook stoves in Kenya Power generation Solar Budget or off-budget transfer ... 4629629.6296296 2020102727/10/2020 Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Public finance institution The objective is to enable distributors to stock up and establish sales networks as well as offering affordable repayment terms to customers across 14 off-grid counties in the East African nation. 500000000 With the Kenya Off-grid Solar Access Program (KOSAP) aims to bring solar power to 250,000 off-grid Kenyan households and businesses by 2023 with a KES4.7 billion finance package, the initial KES500 million will be offered to private solar home system and clean cooking stove suppliers to enable them to buy stock and set up distribution networks in the 14 Kenyan counties targeted by the KOSAP scheme.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/10/27/world-bank-offers-4-6m-credit-for-off-grid-solar-panels-and-cook-stoves-in-kenya/
Kenya National Clean unconditional Cancellation of all power purchase agreements with Kenya Power Power generation Multiple energy types Regulatory rollback or non-gov... 2021092929/09/2021 Several energy stages President Government Kenyatta's office said as a result of some of these actions, it was expected that power tariffs were expected to drop 33% in the next four months. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the cancellation of all ongoing and incomplete power purchase agreements being negotiated with the state distributor Kenya Power. Kenyatta said that future power purchase agreements with the government will have to be in line with its Least Cost Power Development Plan, which emphasizes the use of renewable energy sources. He has set a timeline of completion by end of December 2021.

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/kenya-cancels-power-purchase-negotiations-replaces-energy-minister-2021-09-29/

https://www.africa-energy.com/article/kenya-kenyatta-presses-renegotiation-power-deals
Kenya National Clean unconditional Restructuring of Kenya Power with plans to cut costs by 30% Power generation Multiple energy types Regulatory rollback or non-gov... 2021100303/10/2021 Several energy stages Internal taskforce Government The objective of this project is to make Kenya Power more efficient and give the national government more oversight in this endeavor. The Government has declared Kenya Power a “special government project” as it takes a more hands-on approach in the affairs of the power distributor. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i yesterday announced that the government had initiated a restructuring process at the troubled electricity distributor with plans to cut power costs by 30 per cent by December. Matiang’i said an inter-ministerial team had been set up to “audit KPLC and oversight urgent reforms in the company”. This will mean the government will increasingly play a bigger role in over-sighting the company in which it has a 50.1 per cent stake and is a critical player in the running of the economy being the sole power distributor. He also announced a planned forensic audit of Kenya Power’s systems that will be spearheaded by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). The audit is expected to reveal the extent of the rot in the country’s electricity sector and might claim officials, current and former, within the company as well as the industry who may have had a hand in bringing down the firm.

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/national/article/2001425586/government-takes-charge-of-kenya-power-as-it-starts-reforms

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2021/10/kenya-power-set-for-major-overhaul-to-cut-power-costs/
Kenya Clean conditional Indicative Feed-In-Tariffs for small hydro biomass and biogas technologies under the feed in tariff ... Power generation Multiple renewable Budget or off-budget transfer ... Electricity generation EPRA Government Published by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority
Kenya Gazette Notice Vol. CXXIII - No. 238. Dated 23rd November 2021
Kenya Clean unconditional Benchmark tariffs for solar, wind, small hydro, biomass and biogas technologies under the Renewable ... Power generation Multiple renewable Uncategorized Electricity generation EPRA Government Published by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority
Kenya Gazette Notice Vol. CXXIII - No. 238. Dated 23rd November 2022