Climate Change at a Glance 008
Medium-term Plan Defines Kenya’s Development
The MTP II has enjoyed Considerable success with reports showing that by December 2016 the GDP growth stood at 6.2%, the development of infrastructure has also taken a considerable leap especially with the LAPSSET project and the completion of the first phase of the SGR. The Kenya Vision 2030 which is the development blue print of the country was drawn with the intention to accelerate the economic growth of the country. The delivery of the Vision 2030 is done through 5-year development plans which combine the development agenda of the ruling government and the priorities that have been set under the Kenya Vision 2030. One of the priorities of the Vision 2030 was to increase access to energy a priority that is not only a Kenyan agenda but an agenda even under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The energy capacity in the country increased by 38% in 2016.
The preparation of the third MTP is pegged on the lessons drawn from the first and the second MTP and also is based on the emerging issues such as climate change which had not been factored in when the vision was first drawn. The MTP III is expected to continue with the projects that were not completed under the second MTP and provide solutions to the setbacks that were experienced in the implementation of the MTP II.
Sustainable development is about the development of strategies geared towards the creation of a sustained growth trajectory in the country. The delivery of the Vision 2030 is committed to creating sustained growth thus providing room for adjustments especially on emerging issues such as the SDGs, Climate Change agenda and HIV/AIDs.
The achievement of the targets of the Vision 2030 will be based on the overall coordination of the Vision’s indicators which will ensure every aspect of economic development is considered.
Strathmore Eyes Kenya Power earning
Strathmore University was awarded the Best Green Building Development in Africa by the African Real Estate and Housing Finance (AREHF) Academy Awards when?. The Strathmore Business School building LED lighting is connected directly to Photovoltaic Solar Louvers which are connect the top of the buildings in the university.
The Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the university with a permit to generate electricity from its solar system grid which is an advantage to the University to acquire revenue from KPLC after injecting 0.25 Megawatts due to regulatory setbacks.
The inefficiency of the current laws and policies in Kenya on renewable energy has led to the stagnation in development and investment in the sector. The Current Energy act does not clarify the roles of the National and County governments in relation to energy. Besides, the Act does not have well defined institutional framework under the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) that should specifically govern renewable energy.
Therefore, renewable energy opportunities lie under the enactment of the Energy Bill 2015 which will provide for a holistic implementation of the energy laws in Kenya and it amends the shortcomings of the Energy Act 2006.