Consultants have referred to as on the federal government to pursue extra energy buying agreements (PPAs) which can be denominated in native foreign money in a bid to decrease the price of electrical energy.
Talking on the Sustainable Vitality Convention in Naivasha, the consultants reckon that it will defend the nation towards the foreign exchange fluctuations as a result of nearly all of the PPAs are dollar-denominated and that is handed on to the shoppers by means of pricey energy.
The majority of PPAs between Kenya Energy and energy producers are dollar-denominated, resulting in increased foreign exchange change within the computation of energy payments at a time the shilling has plunged to file lows towards the dollar.
“We want extra native currency-denominated PPAs as a result of there’s sufficient capital within the nation to help vitality initiatives within the native foreign money,” Janice Kotut, a founding member of funding agency Sustainable Hyperlink stated.
Foreign exchange adjustment is without doubt one of the components that decide energy payments and this has uncovered shoppers within the wake of the file weakening of the shilling towards the greenback.
“In our present vitality combine, we’ve got wind, geothermal and photo voltaic and these usually derisk the native foreign money as a result of God doesn’t promote them to us,” George Njenga, CEO of Ap Moller Capital East Africa Platform added.
Kenya Energy’s PPAs with energy producers are denominated within the greenback, making electrical energy purchased from the facility producers pricey.
Foreign exchange adjustment caters for the fluctuation of arduous currencies, notably the greenback towards the Kenya Shilling for expenditure associated to the facility sector.
Kenya Energy collects foreign exchange changes from shoppers by means of payments on behalf of energy producers.
The native foreign money has been on a freefall towards the greenback from 111.7 models in November final 12 months to 117.28 models as ultimately Friday on the elevated demand of the dollar.
The weakening of the native foreign money has been handed on to shoppers by means of excessive foreign exchange fluctuations, partly contributing to the rise in energy payments earlier than the federal government effected a 15 % drop in the price of energy in January.