Spotlight on geothermal at East Africa power summit
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 2 000 visitors from over 30 countries are set to gather in Nairobi, Kenya later this year to discuss prevailing issues in the power industry.
They will meet under the aegis of the 18th East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), scheduled for the Kenatta International Conference Centre.
The focus will be on geothermal energy.
“There is no one size fits all approach to developing geothermal. It’s an amazing source of base load, renewable energy, but we have to take a realistic approach to how it’s developed,” said Amanda Lonsdale, Institutional and Commercial Development Advisor for the East Africa Geothermal Energy Facility (EAGER).
During the upcoming in Nairobi on September 20-23, Amanda will be the moderator of the geothermal development conference track.
She said estimated geothermal potential in the region was more than double the current peak demand, so the potential impact was significant.
“Geothermal does have to compete with traditionally less expensive energy sources such as hydro and gas for its position in a country’s base load, so it’s unlikely to become the dominant source for base load power, but it could displace more expensive, less clean sources.”
Speakers from the host country as well as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and the United Kingdom are set to attend.
EAPIC is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town (South Africa)-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.
– CAJ News
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