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Kenya’s energy regulator to issue global renewable energy certificates

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The Energy and Regulatory Authority has been named as the local issuer of the International Renewable Energy Certificates for Electricity (IRECE) by the International Tracking Standard Foundation.

The move is expected to help the country meet international commitments and agreements related to the adoption of clean energy.

EPRA Director General Kiptoo Bargoria said the being a local issuer of IREC (E) will also be key in helping Kenya attract environmentally conscious investors looking to support sustainable energy initiatives in the country.

This will in turn stimulate job creation and drive economic development in the renewable energy sector.

“Kenya is on the cusp of achieving 100% renewable energy electricity generation which currently stands at 84.65% contribution to the energy mix,” said Bargoria.

According to ITSF, an I-REC (E) provides information about the production of a unit of electricity such as where the electricity was produced, the capacity of the Production Facility, and the energy source.

“We have remained steadfast in harnessing energy from renewable energy sources. Say, geothermal energy production surged by 21.84%, and interconnected solar PV systems saw a substantial 41.84% increase while wind energy contributed 7.28%. The trajectory towards renewable energy is expected to persist as more power flows into the grid from geothermal sources,” added Bargoria.

The certification will see EPRA tasked with inspecting energy generation facilities across Kenya to verify that the generation of electricity is from renewable sources.

Until the process is finalised and EPRA is conferred as an issuer, the Green Certificate Company (GCC) is filling in the role, to allow for roles’ transfer to the EPRA when ready.

The foundation says the certification of power plants is critical for national energy reporting, and general end-user claims, and allows all electricity users to make a conscious and evidence-based choice for electricity, in any country where it has accredited service providers.

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