Kenya Power, the country’s sole electricity distributor, has announced that it will begin scheduled power cuts from 27 July.

Power generation reserve lacks an adequate margin to meet constantly rising national power demand, the company said in a statement.

Yet the power supply situation is expected to improve significantly in the next two to three months when an emergency 60 MW power plant is installed and operating in Muhoroni in western Kenya, said a Kenya Power spokesman.

Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission has said that the government plans to spend at least $50bn over the next 20 years to cope with a predicted 13.5 per cent annual growth in demand for electricity.

“Electricity demand is forecast to reach 16,905 MW by 2031, up from 1520 MW next year,” said Frederick Nyang, director of economic regulation.

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