Kenya, like all African countries, focused on poverty alleviation at independence, perhaps due to the level of vulnerability of its populations but also as a result of the ‘trickle down’ economic discourses of the time since as the country grew richer, this wealth would trickle down to benefit the poorest sections of society. In recent years though, social dimensions such as levels of access to education, clean water and energy are important in assessing people’s quality of life.
The energy sector remains a critical enabler for achieving Kenya’s socio – economic objectives, and has been identified as a key input towards achievement of sustainable development in the National Policy Framework
Following the expiry of the Economic Recovery Strategy (2003-2007), Kenya’s Development Agenda is now anchored on the Kenya Vision 2030, which aims at creating “a globally competitive and prosperous country with a high quality of life by 2030”. It aims to transform Kenya into “a newly –industrialized, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment”. Energy will be the enabler for development.
The department of energy & electrification under the ministry of energy & electrification, lands & physical planning, urban development & planning is mandated to carry out the following; Street lighting (lighting of roads and streets), flood lighting (lighting of markets) and rural electrification (Installation of transformers).
The department focuses on enabling and enhancing a safe, secure business environment through rural electrification, lighting of markets and street lighting.
Under the leadership of H.E Dr. Alfred Mutua the county has embraced renewable energy & so far has installed 753 solar integrated streetlights.
There also exists a draft energy policy. In order to provide a holistic approach to sustainable and clean energy issues that meets the obligations of climate change response, the policy has addressed itself to the following Eight (8) Policy concerns:
- Ensuring universal access to clean energy by residents to Machakos County
- Promoting development of renewable energy sources e.g. solar
- Enhancing energy efficiency practices in the county e.g. implementing energy audits
- Providing effective policy and legal framework for clean waste management e.g. waste to energy
- Providing a framework for implementing and financing the County Clean Energy Program
- 130 streetlights in Machakos& Athi River town
- 28 floodlights implemented under Nairobi Metropolitan across the county.
- Rural Electrification-7,200 households electrified
IMPACT OF LIGHTING & RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
- Less accidents experienced in Kyumbi-Machakos Road.
- Less muggings & theft of shops in markets with installed mulika mwizi as opposed to those without.
- Little investments in markets with no electricity as opposed to those with electricity
- Increased trading hours.
- Less spending in homes that use electricity as opposed to those that use paraffin
Improved performance in rural schools
The department of Energy and Electrification is mandated to undertake the following functions
- Lighting of roads, streets and markets
- Repair and maintenance of commissioned street lights and floodlights
- County Rural electrification
- Enforcement county & national energy policies
- Support/ Create awareness and implement Renewable energy/ Green energy initiatives
- County energy policy formulation & implementation.
- Development of county energy management plans
- Mobilization of funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency & conservation projects
- Partner with various Stakeholders in service delivery
Contact Details of Key Personnel
Name: Newton Musyoka Muinde
Designation: Chief Officer – Energy & Electrification
Mobile Number: +254 703 779605
Email Address: email@example.com