NRECA International to Establish National Electrification Strategy in Kenya

(ARLINGTON, Va.) – The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today announced a contract between NRECA International and the government of Kenya to help prepare a national electrification strategy to facilitate full electrification coverage for the entire country.

This initiative is part of the Kenya Electricity Modernization Project, funded by the World Bank. Working with key Kenyan agencies, NRECA International will conduct an analysis of the current electrification program and prepare a strategy to support rapid increase in electricity access to all regions of Kenya. Roughly one half of Kenyan households (about 23 million people) do not have access to electric service.

“Access to electricity in Kenya has doubled in the last five years, but the Government aims to reach full coverage by 2020, a goal that is needed for Kenya to reach its full potential as the largest economy in East Africa,” said Dan Waddle, NRECA International vice president. “Our experience over the last five decades shows the importance and direct benefits of reliable and affordable electricity in developing countries. We look forward to working with our partners in Kenya to prepare a strategic plan for providing access to millions more people living in peri-urban and rural areas.”

NRECA is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states. NRECA’s international affiliate—NRECA International – has been working in developing countries since 1962. Its global commitment has helped provide electricity to more than 110 million people in 43 countries.