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Assessing the Potential Impact of Grid-Scale Variable Renewable Energy on the Reliability of Electricity Supply in Kenya

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neal WadeORCiD



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Securing a sufficient supply of reliable and affordable electricity is a major challenge for countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), due to low current access levels, and rapid population and economic growth. This article will review application and technical modelling issues associated with generation adequacy assessment (i.e. assessing the risk of available generation being less than demand) in the context of SSA countries with significant capacities of renewable energy, with Kenya as the main case study. One major challenge in performing such studies in SSA is often availability of the necessary data on renewable resource and demand – the article will further demonstrate how useful information may be gained on the extent to which wind and hydro energy resources complement each other in Kenya, in the context of limited data availability.

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Author(s): Edwards G, Dent C, Wade NS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IDS Bulletin

Year: 2017

Volume: 48

Issue: 5-6

Pages: 29-48

Print publication date: 05/12/2018

Online publication date: 05/12/2018

Acceptance date: 01/11/2018

Date deposited: 27/11/2018

Publisher: Institute of Development Studies


DOI: 10.19088/1968-2017.162


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