01 Jul '11, 2pm

Kenya’s Energy Could All Be Geothermal

Kenya’s Energy Could All Be Geothermal

Kenya’s current electrical power demand is about 1.8 gigawatts per year, and yet their geothermal potential is 7.2 gigawatts, according to a recent article on an African news site . With a geothermal potential four times greater than their current electricity usage level, it appears Kenya has a bright future in terms of renewable energy development. Currently woodfuel represents about 68% of primary energy consumption, meaning wood gathered from forests for burning. Cutting forests for such short-term use though is quite damaging, as it reduces rainfall and dries out the land. Climate change is already having the same effects, so cutting forests only adds to the problem. Just about ten percent of Kenyan homes have electrical power . A new one billion dollar geothermal plant should come online by 2013 , and will generate over 200 megawatts of electricity. Currently a little...

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