Electricity

Electricity distributor, Kenya Power on Tuesday confirmed ongoing initiatives to enhance power system loss reduction measures in its electricity distribution network countrywide.

Thagichu Kiiru, Kenya Power general manager for business strategy said the firm has deployed a robust software system to identify and segregate system losses.

“Some of the challenges we have in delivering affordable energy to our customers can be attributed to the fact that generation is growing faster than the transmission capacity to evacuate the generated power to the load centers,” Kiiru said during the opening of the Future Energy East Africa Conference and Expo in Nairobi.

He said the digital system dubbed the Energy Balance Module, is a software that detects areas with high energy losses within the power supply network.

The company said it has developed a strategic medium-term Loss Reduction Initiative Program, geared at lowering technical and commercial losses in transmission of electricity, from 21 percent to less than 15 percent in line with global operating benchmarks.

Technical losses occur when electrical energy is dissipated in the process of transmission and distribution. Commercial losses are mainly attributed to pilferages, faulty meters and meter tampering.

“Other initiatives under the strategy include the deployment of smart metering infrastructure, load analysis to identify technical losses across the network, installation of low-loss transformers and reactive power compensation,” Kiiru.

He said the firm, is implementing the initiatives to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the distribution of electricity.

“To manage system losses, the company has developed the three-year Loss Reduction Initiative Program as a means to improve operational efficiencies,” he said.

The initiative also aims to catalyze investment in clean energy generation, transmission, and distribution as well as other related infrastructure in Kenya.

Kiiru said efforts to reach more customers have placed increased pressure on the power system, resulting in higher energy losses.

“The program hinges on successful implementation of an ongoing project to identify and segregate losses using Energy Balance Module, a software that detects areas with high energy losses within our network,” Kiiru noted. Enditem

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