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  1. ENERGY

This department will mainly concentrate on renewable energy sector and coal firing power. Energy can be generated from domestic and commercial waste. Countries like Norway and Sweden have perfected their research in biofuels and have gone to the extent of importing waste for biomass.

Deliberate efforts will be made towards promotion of portable biogas units and a case study be conducted at the main market for a biomass power station. On large tracks of land, Jatropha Cacus can be grown to promote fuel production like in southern Americas where diesel and kerosene is obtained from farm inputs.

Wind and solar power will be researched and production be conducted when viable. The lower zone has at least eight hours of sunlight per day most of the year. This is favorable for companies that can harness stand alone units, say in villages. Already several companies have expressed interest in this venture. A lot of wind energy in Buguta, Mgeno and other corridors in the county can be tapped and the power supplied for domestic needs. This has happened in Turkana and Kajiado and we can emulate the same.

Immediate undertakings will include;

  • Conduct biomass feasibility in major institutions and towns to quantify sorted biodegradable content
  • Carry out wind strength tests in promising zones county wide with partners
  • Invite solar experts to propose modes of future energy farms in settled localities
  • Liaise with rural electrification organ in mapping out areas of immediate demand for power connectivity

COUNTY ENERGY PLANNING MANDATE

COUNTY ENERGY PLANNING COUNTY ENERGY REGULATION COUNTY OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
Preparation of County energy plans Regulation and licensing of retail petroleum service stations. Electricity and gas reticulation
Physical planning relating to renewable energy resource areas Regulation and licensing of County gas reticulation systems. Provide and maintain adequate street lighting.
Provision of land and rights of way for energy infrastructure. Regulation and licensing and supply of retail coal products for domestic use. Provision of designated parking for petroleum tankers.
Facilitation of energy demand by planning for industrial parks and other energy consuming activities. Regulation and licensing of designated parking for petroleum tankers. Collect and maintain energy data.
Preparation and implementation of disaster management plans. Regulation and licensing of biomass production, transport and distribution. Implementation of County electrification projects.
  Regulation and licensing of biogas systems. Undertake feasibility studies and maintain data with a view to availing the same to developers of energy resources and infrastructure.
  Regulation and licensing of charcoal production, transportation and distribution. Establishment of energy centres for promotion of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation.
  Customize National codes for energy efficiency Protection of energy infrastructure
    Undertake energy efficiency and conservation within the County.