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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:The Political Economy of Investment in Renewable Electricity in Kenya
Authors:Osiolo, Helen Hoka
Pueyo, Ana
Gachanja, James
Year:2017
Periodical:IDS Bulletin
Volume:48
Issue:5-6
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:energy resources
sustainable development
electricity
political economy
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.19088/1968-2017.166
Abstract:Kenya has been hailed as a successful sub-Saharan African country in attracting private investment for renewable energy. However, energy poverty remains very high, with connectivity rates lower than the average for sub-Saharan Africa and poor quality of supply for those connected. Several constraints persist to achieve universal access to clean and affordable electricity: high system costs, including a deficient transmission and distribution infrastructure; low rural demand and inadequate planning to meet it; and local opposition to large renewable infrastructure. This article considers the political economy of these constraints.
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