Kenya Power to adopt electric cooking as a way to promote use of clean energy

Kenya Power CEO Joseph Siror [File, Standard]

Kenya Power has hinted at the possibility of adopting electric cooking for its consumers.

This was after CEO Joseph Siror launched the Global eCooking Coalition (GeCCo) during the Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, saying the initiative would enable consumers to use clean energy when preparing their meals.

“Electricity has traditionally been viewed as the expensive cooking alternative by many Kenyans. Middle-class households often own task-specific electric cooking appliances such as kettles or microwaves but rely on liquefied petroleum gas for the bulk of their cooking. However, this is no longer the case as recent studies have shown There is. therefore, an enormous untapped potential for e-cooking in the country." Said Siror.

According to a survey conducted by the power supply company, an average of 1 per cent of electricity customers use the service to cook as the majority primarily rely on wood fuel and gas.

The power-supplying company aims to increase uptake from approximately 90,000 current users to over 500,000 users in three years.

GeCCo is an initiative aimed at accelerating the transition from traditional cooking methods to e-cooking, both domestically and commercially.

The initiative has been adopted by Kenya Power in collaboration with the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Energising Development (EnDev) among others.

“Kenya Power will work with partners to drive the uptake of e-cooking across the country. The utility has partnered with several other organisations including the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya (CCAK) to champion e-cooking in Makueni, Kitui, Nakuru, Kakamega, and Kisumu counties and other organisations,” he added.

 Kenya Power aims to raise awareness of e-cooking for increased uptake by its customers through campaigns in different parts of the country.

The urge to adopt clean cooking energy aligns with the inaugural Africa Climate Summit theme of “driving green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world”.

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