Power Costs Set to Come Down as KenGen Acknowledges Heavy Rains Boost

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A snippet of the press statement from KenGen

​Electricity consumers in Kenya are set to see a drastic reduction in charges following the heavy rains currently being experienced across the country.

Through a press statement, the company said that it is poised to increase power generation following the heavy rains. According to KenGen, the water level in Masinga Dam, the largest in the Seven Forks cascade, has risen to 1,045.86 metres. 

The maximum level for the dam is 1,056.50 metres. “…the dams (are) expected to receive the highest levels by end of May 2018” the statement further read.

Kenyans have been paying dearly for electricity since the beginning of the year. Kenya Power had attributed the high costs to shortage of water in the country’s major dams. Hence, the need to rely on costlier diesel to generate sufficient power.

The company has been under fire for poor service delivery, especially when it comes to purchase of prepaid tokens. Dynamo and VendIT; the two companies subcontracted to sell prepaid tokens have been accused of delaying or failing to deliver purchased tokens altogether.

For the better part of last week, Kenya Power customers were unable to purchase prepaid tokens because of a system glitch. 

The company issued a statement that the glitch had been fixed but the reprieve was short lived because customers are still experiencing problems with the service. 

Kenya Power attributed this to system maintenance that was scheduled to take place from April 24th 10pm to April 25th 6am.  

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