Who We Are Essay

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Who we are
Kenya Power owns and operates most of the electricity transmission and distribution system in the country and sells electricity to over 2.6 million customers (as at April 2014). 
The Company’s key mandate is to plan for sufficient electricity generation and transmission capacity to meet demand; building and maintaining the power distribution and transmission network and retailing of electricity to its customers.
The Government has a controlling stake at 50.1% of shareholding with private investors at 49.9%. Kenya Power is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
Powering people for better lives. 
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Being the only company of its kind in Kenya, we take the job of bringing power to the people seriously.
We are in the business of power supply and hence its distribution to homes and business to ensure smooth running of day-to-day activities. Kenya Power is responsible for ensuring that there is adequate line capacity to maintain supply and quality of electricity across the country. The interconnected network of transmission and distribution lines cover about 49,818 kilometers.
Through continuous efforts by Kenya Power and all its stakeholders, Kenya is on the international map as one of the countries with the best annual connectivity rate in Africa.

In Kenya, electricity is mainly generated from Hydro, Thermal and Geothermal sources - with wind generation accounting for less than 6 Megawatts of the installed capacity. Currently, hydropower comprises over 40 percent of the installed capacity in Kenya and is sourced from various stations managed by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).
National grid
The national grid is operated as an integral network linked by a 220 kV and 132 kV transmission network. There is a limited length of 66 kV transmission lines. The national grid impacts on the future growth of the energy sector because any new generation capacity must take into consideration the existing network and its capacity to handle new loads.   

Kenya Power reinforces the power transmission and distribution network by constructing additional lines and substations.   
Efficiency of the transmission and distribution network continues to be enhanced in both technical and non-technical aspects. (See our annual report for more information on transmission system plans.) Technical improvements include re-conducting of lines, installation of capacitors, and construction of additional feeders and substations. Non-technical improvements include introduction of electronic meters, improvement of meter reading accuracy, fraud control and resolution of billing anomalies.   
Supply and demand of electricity
Kenya Power currently has more than 2.6 million customers. Total electricity consumption in the 2012/2013 financial year was 8,087 gigawatt hours. The maximum daily electricity peak demand recorded in the last financial year (2012/2013) was 1,353 MW.
What is today Institute of Energy Studies and Research was started in 1957 at Nairobi South Power Station by the East African Power and Lighting Company Ltd. In 1962 the Training Center moved to its current location in Ruaraka. Initially training was concentrated in line work distribution but extended over the years to include other courses such as electrical fitters, mechanical fitters, plant operators, motor vehicle mechanics and meter reading installation & inspection. To date the institute continues to conduct these courses in order to address the skills gaps within the energy sector.

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