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Wind Power News: Kenya


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 3, 2018 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Turkana wind project to earn firm billions

Lake Turkana Wind Power project (LTWP) will now sell electricity to Kenya Power at a 50 per cent discounted rate, it has emerged. The arrangement, however, comes with a rider that the power distributor’s purchases from the firm’s Marsabit wind farm will have to cross a certain threshold. This could undercut other power producers as a 50 per cent discount would reduce the per unit cost of electricity to about Sh4.4 from Sh8.8 (7.53 Euro cents). It is also comparable . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2018 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Judges to visit L. Turkana Wind project in land row

High Court judges are set to visit the Lake Turkana Wind Power project on October 17 over a protracted land dispute. The ruling to visit the site was made by a three-judge bench comprising justices Samuel Mkunya, Lucy Mbugua and Enock Cherono after the power producer through lawyer James Waitoro made the site application before hearing of the case. Marsabit residents have accused the firm of acquiring 150,000 acres of their ancestral land for its Sh75 billion project without following . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents petition county govt over Sh15bn Kengen wind farm

More than 180 residents of Tigania East and Tigania West in Meru have petitioned the county assembly over a planned Sh15 billion KenGen (#ticker:KEGN) wind farm. The residents have complained of illegal adjudication and evictions from their farms. An area covering seven villages has been earmarked for the wind power project whose construction has been delayed by the adjudication process. Presenting the petition, Athwana Member of County Assembly (MCA) and Majority Leader Victor Karithi said there was need to probe . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2018 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kinangop Wind Park loses Sh31b claim against GoK in London Court

London, UK, Jul 6 – The International Court of Arbitration seating in London, has dismissed a claim against the Government of Kenya for over Sh31 billion that had been filed by Kinangop Wind Park Limited. The Tribunal in its award issued on 2nd July 2018 dismissed all the claims by the wind power firm but has reserved the final award on costs of the arbitration. The arbitration arose out of a proposed 60.8 Megawatt wind turbine farm to be located . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kenya Power billed for idle wind farm

The developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project have started billing Kenya Power every month for its failure to distribute their production due to lack of a transmission line. This is despite recent discussions between Energy ministry officials and the wind farm managers to delay the billing that would ultimately be passed on to consumers. “They have been billing Kenya Power,” said an energy sector source who sought anonymity, adding that the government could be absorbing a Sh700 million monthly . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Turkana Wind Power land case on after talks collapse

A land dispute between the Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd and Marsabit residents is set for full hearing after out-of-court negotiations collapsed. Laisamis residents have accused the firm of acquiring 150,000 acres of their ancestral land for the project without following due process. The matter will come up for hearing today for the parties to file submissions. On November 9, the High Court sitting in Meru declined to stop the Sh75 billion Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Marsabit and . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms in the way of vultures

Since 2015, four of the eight species of vultures found in Kenya have been listed as critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means they are one step short of becoming extinct. High on the cliffs of Kwenia, 95km south of Nairobi, lives a colony of one of the Ruppell’s vulture. The estimated global population of Ruppell’s vulture is 22,000. “Ruppell’s vultures breed in steep cliffs,” said Dr Darcy Ogada of The Peregrine Fund, a . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kiserian wind turbine blades to destroy birds

A proposed wind power project in Kiserian, Kajiado county, has run into trouble after conservationists rejected it, saying it could wipe out migratory birds. BirdLife International, Nature Kenya, Kenya Bird of Prey Trust and the Peregrine Fund say the project threatens critically endangered bird species. In a statement on Tuesday last week, they said the project is close to the nesting sites of two species of endangered vultures and an important flyway for a huge number of migratory birds. “Just . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2017 • Blogs, KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kipeto Wind Energy Project could wipe out critically endangered birds

BirdLife International, Nature Kenya, Kenya Bird of Prey Trust and The Peregrine Fund have collectively expressed concern over a proposal to develop the Kipeto Wind Energy Project, in Kajiado County, Kenya. This is due to the fact that the proposed wind farm will be in close proximity to the nesting sites of two species of Critically Endangered vultures and also close to an important flyway for a vast numbers of migratory birds. Just 14 km from Kwenia cliffs – the . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal Court upholds ruling halting Sh71b Marsabit power project

An ambitious plan by the Government to add 300MW wind power and 50MW solar power to the national grid may not happen any time soon. This is after the Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the High Court to halt the $690 million (Sh71 billion) project that would have helped the country tap green energy resources in Northern Kenya. Court of Appeal judges Salkale Ole Kantai, Hannah Okwengu and Erastus Githinji, in separate judgements, were unanimous that High Court . . . Complete story »

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