KEPSA Energy and Extractives Sector Board leaders held a meeting with Kenya Power Lighting Company (KPLC) management on 15th July 2020. The meeting discussed challenges in the energy sector and chatted ways of partnership toward improving the sector.
In his remark, the KEPSA Energy and Extractive Sector Board Chair, Eng. James Mwangi congratulated the KPLC new Managing Director, Mr. Bernard Ngugi and appreciated him for them meeting. He said that the meeting was an opportunity to update each other on the challenges facing the sector and come up with ways of how to resolve them jointly. He added that KEPSA has been engaging with KPLC on a continuous basis to ensure issues are resolved as they arise.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Ngugi appreciated the KEPSA team for their willingness to engage KPLC. He credited the constant power supply during the COVID-19 period on KPLC teams that was formed to monitor on power supply and ensure quick response in case of an outage. He said that the COVID-19 pandemic had a huge negative impact on KPLC operations especially on their revenues. He reported that power demand was rebounding after a drop of approximately 14 percent due to the pandemic.
Mr. Ngugi pointed out that there was ongoing work to improve the efficiency of their operations and that of the organization. He noted that they had come up with new initiative to increase demand. KPLC had reduced the time it takes for electricity connection after application through liaison people who make prompt follow-ups. The KPLC MD informed the meeting that to ensure that big consumers of power especially those between 11KV and above have reliable power, they had connected them to alternative feeders in case of power outage in the main feeder.
The meeting was informed that KPLC has put in place measures to curb internal issues that cause revenue leaks including restructuring of regions, dealing with theft of power and proper metering. On external issues, KPLC is in consultation with the National Treasury and other key stakeholders to address some of the cost that KPLC incurred in developing stable power supply and generation systems in anticipation of the projected demand which is yet to be experienced. However, KPLC will continue to pay for all generated power whether consumed or not due to the existing contractual agreements.
KPLC as a member of KEPSA was encouraged to participate closely in KEPSA platforms to be able address members’ concerns directly and help members understand more about KPLC and its operations. The meeting agreed that KPLC will engage with the larger Energy and Extractives Sector Board to address their concerns soon.