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COOPERATION IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

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“Energy being a key enabler to the big 4 agenda should be taken seriously at the County level. What can you do without energy?’’, said Dr. Shadrack Kipkemoi as he gave his opening remarks during a two day quarterly meeting for Energy CECMs held on the 14th and 15th of October at the COG Offices. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the role of Counties in the Energy act and possible areas of partnership between counties and various stakeholders in the energy sector among them Ministry of Energy, KENTRACO, KPLC, REREC, BIO- NET, World Energy Council, Petroleum Institute of East Africa as well EPRA all of whom were present in the meeting.
The Energy Act, 2019 and the energy policy was one critical area that was deliberated on during the first day of the meeting where the CECs and other stakeholders present were sensitized on their roles regarding the new act. The other areas were on electricity transmission infrastructure in the country, plan for sufficient electricity generation and transmission, implementation of rural electrification projects and possible areas of partnerships between county governments and stakeholders in these areas.
The way forward from the meeting was that the Ministry of Energy in partnership with the Council of Governors to organize a workshop to sensitize counties further on the Energy Act 2019, County Development plans need to be harmonized with National Energy plans to determine future power demand, work with KETRACO in marketing counties to potential investors in generation, manufacturing, mining, counties should set aside public land for future substations and create way leave corridors for transmission lines, preparation and update of the country electricity distribution master plans as well as sensitize the county residents on the benefits of reliable transmission infrastructure.
On the second day Counties focused on how they can promote use of bio gas and possible areas of partnerships with the Kenya bio- gas stakeholders Network (BIO- NET) on data collection and data analytics for energy investment planning and policy. The participants were further sensitized on the Legal Notice 100 on Liquefied Petroleum Gas(LPG) Regulations. It was resolved that counties will come up with clear master plans and liaise with the National Government to be able to tap on to the benefits from the biogas sector.
Counties were also encouraged to consider establishing energy centers in their respective counties. Therefore, a meeting to sensitize counties on biogas issues will be conducted to enable them come up with concrete action to get this running in counties.
To cap it all, the consensus from the meeting was that Counties have been given more responsibility in the Energy Act 2019 to ensure energy efficiency and conservation is implemented at the county level, participants called for the Council of Governors assistance in mobilizing resources from donors to support capacity building and sensitization on the energy potential.

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