(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s power
producer KenGen said on Wednesday that it will
increase capacity of hydro power stations following
heavy rains that have raised water levels.
KenGen Managing Director Rebecca Miano said hydro
power stations are now at optimal level to generate
820 MW of electricity and stabilize supply across
"We will step up hydro generation in the months
ahead but ensure we conserve available water to last
until the short rains later in the year," Miano said
in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Hydro power, despite its erratic production,
accounts for the largest chunk of Kenya’s energy mix
at 52 percent. The heavy rains, which has wreaked
havoc in most parts of the country, has seen water
levels in several dams also rise to spilling levels.
The East African nation has been relying on
geothermal power to curb the dips in electricity
production during the dry season.
Miano said the hydro dams are expected to reach
optimal level by May and this is expected to see
power bills come down.
"By stepping up hydro generation, KenGen is
ensuring stability of power supply as this will
compliment contribution of the dominant geothermal,"
Miano said water at Masinga Dam, which is the
largest in the Seven Forks cascade, had risen to
1,045 meters against a maximum level of 1,056
She said the ongoing rains will boost production
in the eastern hydros of Masinga, Kamburu, Gitaru,
Kindaruma, Kiambere, which draw water from River
She said the increase in hydro power production
is expected ease the cost of power, as it is the
cheapest source of power in the country’s generation
According to KenGen, hydro dams contribute 52.04
per cent of total national grid, with KenGen’s total
installed hydro capacity currently standing at 820
Electricity bills rose in 2017 following a
prolonged drought which cut power production from
hydro, necessitating the increased demand from
thermal power plants.
Miano said KenGen would also conserve the water
at the dams to ensure it lasts until the next short
The Kenya Meteorological Department expects the
heavy rains to continue till the end of the month as
most parts of the country experience flooding.