December 2014 Quarterly

ON THE RISE:

Demand for Solar Energy licenses

Other highlights

ERC FINANCIAL RECORDS GET RAVE REVIEW

REGIONAL COOPERATION: Tanzania’s regulator
sends Board Member to learn about renewable energy

OUR ROLE in National Electricity Supply

Gains and benefits of ENERGY CONSERVATION

ALSO INSIDE: NEW STAFF | EVENTS PICTORIAL | LPG SAFETY

Contents

12 Energy Conservation
03 Editorial
Gains and Benefits

04 Director General’s Message
13 News in Pictures

06 Preparing the Grid Code for a brighter
15 ERC’s role in national electricity supply
future

17 LPG Safety and Awareness
08 Tanzanian official visits ERC,
learns about renewable energy
19 Too much water is dangerous for your
health
09 ERC regulatory role highlighted at
sector meeting with MPs
20 ERC’s new staff
Welcome aboard!
10 Solar Energy Licenses Growing in
Popularity

The Energy News Team Quarterly

Editor
Antoinette Kamau

Editorial Committee
Antoinette Kamau
Engineer Joseph Oketch
Edward Kinyua
Kimani Muhoro
Laura Wanyika
Godfrey Mwaloma

Writers
Godfrey Mwaloma
Eliakim Mwalo 09 Energy Retreat
Contributors
Eng. Buge Wasioya
Eng. Joseph Oketch

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Energy News 2 November 2014

but did you know that too stakeholders for the benefit of the energy much of it is harmful? There’s a fascinating sector as expressed in the symmetrical model article on Page 19 about hyponatremia. policy makers in line with our customer-centred orientation. Have a pleasant reading! The country’s energy sector is so vibrant that Antoinette Kamau something new is happening almost every day. energy sector from a regulator’s perspective. energy utilities. oil marketing stakeholders on various aspects of the energy companies. a quarterly e-newsletter energy sector. As The Energy News e-newsletter highlights the its said. Both of mutual understanding between the organization these accounts are monitored continuously and and its stakeholders. From the consumer standpoint. consumers and sector. all work and no play .. published by the Energy Regulatory we have an article on how to use LPG gas safely. We are reminded to take adequate water to We strive to develop relationships with boost our health. Symmetrical communication ERC is active on social media after a revamp of utilizes dialogue and negotiation to promote our Facebook and Twitter outlets. market-driven and investor-friendly the Energy News. of communication. The Energy News is not all business though.. We are continuously there is already vibrant conversation with engaging with legislators. Quarterly IN THIS ISSUE Welcome to the November 2014 edition of to a safe. Commission of Kenya. EDITOR The Energy News e-newsletter brings you the stories that show the regulator’s contribution Energy News 3 November 2014 .

I see ERC This newsletter is a great avenue for gaining a greater presence at regional level energy stakeholders. and the value devolved government. From the Director General K enya’s energy sector is experiencing rapid transformation thanks to private through the media and through various forums. sector as we strive to support business ERC is facilitating investment as part of its activity in Kenya. We encourage you to get in touch with us Eng. we provide to consumers. There is ongoing work on mission which is to facilitate access to standardizing ERC certificates and efficient and sustainable energy through enhancing their security features to ensure enabling regulation that will contribute to credibility. In the medium to long term. consumers and to support county governments in entrepreneurs to learn more about ERC’s implementing their mandates under role in the energy industry. We are DIRECTOR GENERAL already increasing our engagement with stakeholders and the public at large Energy News 4 November 2014 . and public sector investment in the We plan to hasten the approval cycle for electricity. investors and other stakeholders. I welcome you to this edition of the ERC Energy News and I wish you pleasant However. the newsletter should not be reading! seen as a one-sided channel of information. petroleum and renewable stakeholders seeking licenses in the energy energy subsectors. better quality of life in Kenya. Joseph Ng’ang’a on all matters related to energy.

senior management. Energy News 5 November 2014 . The sitting was held on 13 Photo: Mombasa County Government November 2014. Through the portal. ERC was represented by Director General Eng. The workshop. the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The Public Investments Committee was examining ERC financial reports for the financial years ERC’s Senior Manager for Petroleum Edward Kinyua (right) 2006/2007 to 2012/2013. Ichung’wah suggested that the Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO) use ERC as a reference point. ERC JOINS INVESTOR POWER PLAN CAMPAIGN In anticipating Kenya’s energy needs. at a sensitization workshop held for LPG stakeholders in Mombasa County on 18 September 2014. focused Joseph Ng’ang’a accompanied by the Commission’s on the licensing of LPG businesses. The Investor Power Plan ties in with Project 5000+ MW.000MW within 40 months. CLEAN FINANCIAL RECORDS! ERC. organized with the county government of Mombasa. large and medium scale users of electricity are requested to provide information on expansion plans that will require additional power. Kimani Ichung’wah commended ERC for setting an example to other public bodies. an online portal has been established to collect data on private sector electricity needs. MOMBASA COUNTY HOST ERC commended by parliamentary watchdog LPG STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP The Public Investments Committee of the National Assembly has praised the Energy Regulatory Commission for submitting clean financial records spanning seven years. Hon. an initiative launched in September 2013 to fast track an increase in Kenya's generating capacity by 5. To this end. The Vice Chairperson of the Committee Hon. the Energy Regulatory Commission and electricity utilities are working with the private sector to accurately determine how much electricity the country will be required to generate in the coming years.

operation and use of the electricity network as envisaged in Africa Power Pool (EAPP) says National Power Grid. Additional plans stations to consumers. Kenya National interconnected electricity grid regulations. put under separate codes or as projects. Consumer Affairs at ERC. Transmission Code. tariff chapters of the Kenya Electricity challenges to be anticipated: “Our methodologies and internal Grid Code namely. the National Power Grid “The Grid Code needs to regional integration of the various refers to the network of incorporate technological national grids. This is to reduce is a primary technical document of It has now become necessary to the bulkiness of the Grid Code and the electricity supply industry. regulations for the electricity The requirements for transmission and distribution transmission and distribution may be On the massive Project 5000+MW network. Eng. Senior Manager for Kenya National Electricity Code . The revise the Grid Code in response to make implementation easier. there transmission systems. Code from commercial include a new transmission line considerations. who is also ERC’s requirements for planning. Oketch. For instance. there is need to delink the and Tanzania through a 400KV electrical energy from generating technical requirements of the Grid transmission system. the technical requirements.” says Eng. Oketch. document specifies the technical new technologies and because of the Eng.” explains Engineer Electricity Distribution Code and system challenges are bound to shift Energy News 6 November 2014 .developed in 2008 . massive expansion of Kenya’s liaison officer with the Eastern connection. Main story Preparing the Grid Code for a brighter future ERC’s Engineer Joseph Oketch explains why the rules for the national grid are about to undergo a transformation T he Kenya Electricity Grid Joseph Oketch. Oketch describes the planning procedures. Project 5000+MW. distribution developments and improved industry are plans to connect Kenya’s systems and connection points for best practices. reforms to the Grid Code will foster In turn. In electrical grid with that of Ethiopia the movement and supply of addition. between Kenya and Uganda that “The Grid Code contains the could be extended as far as Rwanda.

” Eng. the proposed plans. system stability is bound to improve with • the current System Operational “We are optimistic that the the introduction of large power Gap Analysis (SOGA) report.” provided assistance under the Grid • revised Kenya Electricity Grid Management Support Programme Code incorporating findings of the The revised Grid Code must take (GMSP). 700MW LPG station and many more. Energy News 7 November 2014 . revised Kenya Electricity Grid Code(s) plants like the proposed 960MW • system stability study report will be in place by the beginning July coal-fired electricity generating representing system expansion 2015. above three items. final draft. cognisance of these power projects and model their incorporation into was brought on board in November The consultant has presented both the system by prescribing 2013 to guide the process. station at Lamu.greatly due to the injection of more The reform of the Grid Code • renewable energy generators power from intermittent renewable received a boost from USAID. Oketch says. a consultancy firm. This is in line with ERC sector organizations was formed to among the energy sector planning principles of “adequate. On the other hand. work closely with the consultant organizations before preparing the reliable and affordable” power for during the exercise. Mombasa. Once the draft is the country’s economy. The consultant’s key deliverables presented to ERC. Nexant. which integration study report. High voltage transmission lines at Kipevu. it will be subject to are: broad stakeholder consultation. and energy sources like wind and solar. A drafts of the Kenya Electricity interconnection and operational Technical Review Working Group Transmission Code and the Kenya requirements which will not (TRWG) composed of key technical Electricity Distribution Code for compromise electricity grid system and legal staff from all the energy comments and consensus seeking stability.

” he to Tanzania. the While Kenya has been generating electricity from renewable energy for On the first day of his visit. electricity generating output to Energy News 8 November 2014 . energy sources including geothermal. Ng'ang'a. Mr. An important lesson learnt at Hills are new. Mbwanji an at Naivasha. Mbwanji was impressed by the “I have seen a very strong commitment by the Kenyan “The regulator [ERC] ensures that depth of knowledge displayed by the government to invest in renewable tariffs are competitive enough to engineers at Olkaria. Apart from a few University to learn how solar energy is 25MW. Mr. Mbwanji MW. low as possible. Tanzania has vast reserves of fossil largest in Kenya.000MW by 2025. Olkaria was buzzing with senior management of ERC and toured overview of Kenya's own plans of activity as KenGen contractors renewable energy sites at Strathmore raising electricity generating capacity installed the piping systems and University. the same is not the Mbwanji visited Strathmore Wind Farm whose installed capacity is case in Tanzania. Mbwanji (right) tours Strathmore At the Ngong Wind Farm with KenGen Director General Eng.000MW through Project 5000+ equipment that is expected to and Ngong Wind Farm. Mr.” said from its solar panels. News Tanzanian director in study tour of Kenya’s renewable energy subsector Mr. photovoltaic installation is among the changing wind speeds and direction. On the last day of his visit. At 600kw. engineers and ERC staff. having been Strathmore University is that solar commissioned a few months prior to Tanzania plans to increase its panels need to be kept clean because Mr. “this is a very attract investors into the power very important in developing a important lesson that I will take back sector while keeping energy prices as renewable energy subsector. Mr Nicholas Mbwanji met Ng'ang'a gave Mr. A board member of 10. However. University’s solar electricity system. Many of the wind turbines at Ngong fuel including coal and natural gas.” he said. Mr. electricity using renewable energy. “Human capital is energy. Water Utilities Regulatory Authority biggest challenge lies in attracting The university has a weekly cleaning (EWURA) was in Kenya early October investors. Mbwanji. licensing and balancing the schedule to ensure optimal output with a specific interest in generating various stakeholder interests. “The electricity output by as much as 20%. A lot of the new generating increase geothermal generating was very impressed at Kenya's capacity will come from renewable capacity by 280MW come December investment in renewable energy. wind and solar energy. Tanzania helping cut energy costs. Mbwanji's visit. Nicholas Mbwanji (left) with ERC Mr. Mbwanji also went for a tour During his three day visit to ERC Director-General Eng. unlike Kenya. systems designed to optimize largely relies on thermal power Strathmore University's solar electricity generation by adapting to generation. Joseph Ng’ang’a. The turbines have automated hydroelectric stations. Mr. 2014.” explained Eng. observed. hence the dust on the surface can reduce Tanzania's Energy and interest in renewable energy. Olkaria Geothermal Field by 5. Joseph of KenGen's Olkaria Geothermal Field Kenya. Tanzanian guest toured the Ngong several decades.

Joseph relationship between the Ministry In addition. of Energy and Petroleum.” enhance the already good production to 5. present at the retreat. intervening whenever there Parliamentary Departmental element of electricity prices as is a failure in free market Co m m i tt e e was led by its more geothermal power gets into mechanisms. Energy News 9 November 2014 . ERC Chairman of the Departmental Parliamentary Departmental demonstrated that petroleum prices Committee on Energy. and other Ministry officials were Mr. of energy investors and the desire of Petroleum. Hon.000MW by 2018. Energy and Petroleum Other countries are already learning consumers for affordable energy. there was agreement that including the government’s plan to there would be no incentive for similar retreats be held in future to increase national electricity investment in the energy sector. and Communication during a retreat very competitive when compared to Jamleck Kamau spoke of the held at Mombasa on 12th September.” Director General Chairperson. Information and electricity tariffs in Kenya are Communication & Information. those of other countries that do not excellent relationship between the The retreat was organized to subsidize energy. the MPs were very Ng’ang’a. learnt in September. Joseph Ng’ang’a told members of the In its presentation. News ERC regulatory role HIGHLIGHTED at sector-wide meeting with MPs “Kenya’s Power Purchase Agreements among the best worldwide. point of interest was the price tag left to self regulate as much as for new electricity connections. from Kenya’s model because it is Members of the National Assembly Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge attractive to investors.” MPs told T he Energy Commission Regulatory provides balance between the viability needs a ERC attended the alongside state corporations under retreat possible. Jamleck Kamau. Chirchir assured the MPs of “ERC is meant to be a market. Another said the energy sector should be Parliament. the national grid. better understand ongoing tariffs should reflect the cost of At the end of the day-long developments in the energy sector. energy concerned with the prices of Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir sector state corporations and petroleum and electricity. Hon. Committee on Energy. production and supply otherwise retreat. Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir. The a 70% reduction on the fuel cost enabler. Power purchase in Kenya are among the best in the world as the Ministry of Energy and there is virtually no risk of default. explained ERC’s DG. Committee and the Ministry of enable members of the Committee “Petroleum prices and electricity Energy & Petroleum.

The group was sitting for written interviews administered by ERC as part of the application process for Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) licenses. that were already practising need to He is a Chartered Engineer. sell or install solar PV solar energy equipment without a valid institutions across Kenya offer systems. Anyone interviews. is required to be.go. The Energy (Solar people applying for licenses as Photovoltaic Systems) Regulations technicians in solar PV and solar 2012 make it mandatory for anyone water heating. the license Training Authority (NITA). solar website (www. or have in license.” she says. distribute. technicians and contractors. 2013 had five applicants.” says Caroline Kimathi of will enable me supervise my ERC’s Renewable Energy Department. ERC only recognizes training “Customers would get disappointed technician. “This September Maringa is applying for a license as a [2014]. training in solar PV and solar water his employment. 2012 were on the ERC website. customers and employers The Energy (Solar Photovoltaic vendors and technicians are available prefer working with licensed Systems) Regulations. mechanical engineer and also a “The first interview in March university lecturer. a acquire the necessary licenses. He register through the Commission’s technicians. The lists of licensed solar PV and employees. Professor Maina Maringa held in 2013 and six scheduled for “I am applying for a Technician T3 2014 to cater for the increased gazetted to protect the public from license to get my solar business number of applicants. Maringa has over 30 years means that even those professionals experience in the electrical industry. distribute. Applicants sub-standard products and untrained licensed. A related law is the intends to import solar panels. courses offered in institutions by solar energy systems because of “Apart from fulfilling the accredited by the National Industrial wrong advice given by unqualified necessary requirements. we interviewed over 150 solar PV technician.” recalls Despite his accomplishments. engaging in solar PV business to Five interviews for licenses were obtain a license from ERC. produce. solar water heating contractors. Maringa. Prof. This Energy News 10 November 2014 . Today.erc. at least a class T2 heating. News SOLAR ENERGY LICENSES GROWING IN POPULARITY L ast September.ke) after which Energy (Solar Water Heating) lighting equipment and solar heaters they are invited for written and oral Regulations. Prof. criminal offense for anyone to planning to design. people. Both laws make it a for sale in the country. Caroline Kimathi. supply or install Approximately 16 tertiary promote.” says the Professor. Professor Maina Maringa sat in a room with close to 200 other people mostly younger than him.” said Prof. 2012.

Energy News 11 November 2014 . T2: Entitles the holder to carry out solar PV system installation work for medium systems or multiple batteries which may include an inverter. BSc Electrical Engineering or One year of solar installation relevant degree or Higher National experience. in addition to submitting the following documents: 1. distribute. in which case the contractor shall be requested to be or have in his employment a class T3 technician. KCSE. T3 BSc Electrical Engineering or 2 years of solar installation relevant degree or Higher National experience. Diploma in Electrical and/or Verifiable 2 years solar T2 Electronic and Intermediate Solar installation experience. Training. including grid connected and hybrid systems. one must have in his employment a licensed Solar PV systems technician. or have in his employment a class T2 technician. KCSE. VAT certificate 3. Training. Qualifications and Experience for Solar PV Technician Licenses CATEGORY OF LICENSE Academic Qualifications Experience needed KCPE. KCSE. T3: Entitles the holder to carry out solar PV system installation work for advanced projects. in which case the licensee shall be required to be. V2: Entitles the holder to manufacture or import solar PV systems or components. Certificate of Incorporation 2. promote. installation experience. V1: Entitles the holder to design. Licensing requirements for Solar PV Contractors/Vendors In order to be licensed as a contractor/vendor. Diploma. Electrical Govt Trade Test 2 Verifiable 2 years solar T1 and basic solar training. Certificate in Electrical and/ Verifiable 4 years solar or Electronic and Intermediate Solar installation experience. Valid Tax compliance certificate. Diploma in Electrical and/or Verifiable 4 years solar Electronic and Advanced Solar installation experience. Training.Classes of Solar PV Technicians' Licenses T1: Entitles the holder to carry out solar PV system installation work for small systems or single battery DC systems of up to 100Wp (watts peak). Diploma Classes of Solar PV Contractors/Vendors Licenses C1: Entitles the holder to carry out design and installation work for solar PV systems. sell or install solar PV systems. in which case the licensee shall be required to be or to have in his employment a class T2 technician.

E nergy conservation means yield direct savings on energy costs. Most of the energy electricity users in Kenya do not energy efficiency are clear: a consumed worldwide still comes from apply any efficiency conservation reduction in energy consumption that fossil fuels such as oil. energy efficiency and conservation Energy News 12 November 2014 . appliances to save on energy. coal and methods as is the case with 50% of lowers the emission of pollutants and natural gas. account for 22% and 9% respectively preventing energy from From a national stand point. communities and the urban poor. attention focused on energy From the consumer perspective. reduced of national energy consumption. industrial drastically if subjected to efficiency Environmental impacts development and changing consumer and conservation measures. Optimized use of the low. with wood fuel providing associated with power generation. Matters of Energy Energy conservation: Economic gains and environmental benefits A biomass cook stove. need to increase generating capacity. with just about 18% of energy efficiency. fuel results in emissions of carbon users. energy efficiency benefit the the basic energy needs for rural there will necessarily be more national economy in a several ways. While petroleum and electricity efficiency and conservation. 26% of The environmental benefits of preferences. Consumption of fossil wood fuel users and 27% of charcoal greenhouse gases. country’s power stations defers the households connected to electricity. wood being wasted through such actions as imports of energy resources have a fuel and other biomass account for turning off lights when not in use and positive effect on national balance of 68%. Just about 28% of electricity dioxide and contributes to climate consumers utilize energy saving Current situation in Kenya change. Kenya faces huge challenges of meeting its energy needs in the drive Outlook Economic factors towards Vision 2030. Access to electricity remains by utilizing technology that improves payments. Measures of instituting electricity. Energy conservation reduces As governments come under The energy sector is largely increasing pressure to improve the energy costs and improves dominated by petroleum and quality of life while limiting emissions profitability. Energy consumption could drop Energy consumption is increasing due to economic growth.

Energy News 13 November 2014 . assists a candidate during interviews for solar energy licenses in September 2014. Members of the press (left) at a media briefing with ERC management (right). PICTORIAL Fenwicks Musonye (left) of ERC’s Renewable Energy Department. ERC staff at the control room of Gulf Power’s Athi River power station during a tour.

ERC hosted secretarial students from Githunguri who came to get a feel for a modern office. Energy News 14 November 2014 . ERC staff listen keenly during Risk Management training held in November 2014. PICTORIAL In October. With him is PIEA General Manager Wanjiku Manyara (centre) and Total Kenya Managing Director Ada Eze (left). The students had many questions for staff who shared their knowledge with them. Chairperson of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) Mr. Polycarp Igathe (right) when the Institute made a courtesy call on ERC in November 2014.

The net electrical energy from Regulation of the Electricity • ensure compliance with the power generating plants is Supply Industry conditions of licenses or bought by the Kenya Power and The Commission is responsible permits. it has structures. The other statutory authorities. safety • examine and approve meters electrical energy to customers in and quality standards for the used or intended to be used for INSTALLED CAPACITY IN MW AS AT NOVEMBER 2014 Energy News 15 November 2014 . • propose to th e Cabinet • approve electric power both of whom are licensed by the Secretary regulations which purchase and network service Commission to provide transmission may be necessary or expedient contracts for all persons services. renew. codes and standards for the electric power producers (see table). KPLC carries out • formulate. sector and for this purpose. Transmission Company (KETRACO). in coordination with Structure issued to it by the Commission. sub-sector. health. engaging in electric power Finally. enforce and review undertakings. review and adjust electric power purchase agreements (PPAs) regulation of the electric power sub- power tariffs and tariff approved by the Commission. modify. liberalised with several licensed tariffs charged for the supply. for the sub-sector. whether or not transmission systems owned by KPLC • issue. suspend a specific application has been or the Kenya Electricity or revoke licences and permits. Electricity generation in Kenya is Commission also approves the retail • enforce and review regulations. made for a tariff adjustment. Matters of Energy ERC’s role in national electricity supply By Engineer Buge Wasioya The Electric Power Market accordance with licences and permits sub-sector. distribution and retail supply of the environmental. Lighting Company (KPLC) through for economic and t e c h n ic a l • set. and investigate The energy is then conveyed over powers to: tariff charges.

Generation and supply of electrical energy • prescribe the requirements for Permit Energy (Electricity not exceeding 3. energy exceeding • impose sanctions and penalties 3.000 kW on persons who are in breach of Electrician’s licence Electric Power any of the provisions of the Act Electrical installation and Certificate of (Electrical work at the premises or its regulations.000 kW grievances over any matter for own use required to be regulated under the Act. Full details of how one can file a complaint against a licensee are set out in the Energy (Complaints and Dis- putes Resolution) Regulations. registration as an Installation Work) of a customer Electrical Contractor Rules. Generation of • investigate complaints or electricity not disputes between parties with None exceeding 1. providing documentary proof of contact with the licensee. 2012 appropriate skills to check accuracy of energy meters Generation. Undertaking or Required Applicable • license electricians and register activity Authorisation Regulation electrical contractors. 2006 Resolution of complaints and disputes Any person dissatisfied with any aspect of a service provided by any licensee is advised to lodge a complaint directly with the licensee. he or she may refer their complaint to the Commission. installed in residential. transmission.000 Licensing) accreditation of persons with kW Regulations. commercial or industrial distribution and Licence supply of electrical premises. 2012. If the complainant has exhausted the licensee’s complaints handling procedures and remains unsatisfied. Energy News 16 November 2014 . in accordance with the licensee’s complaints handling procedures. ascertaining the quantity of Requirement for licence or permit electrical energy.

exports.000 licensing framework that requires environmental sustainability. as an alternative household energy consumers in their choice of cooking The following safety measures are designed to save Kenyan taxpayers from buying substandard LPG products • All LPG dealers should have a licence displayed at their place of business at all times. ERC has the reach 200. for example. ERC cylinders. compare them with recommended The government has Kenyan consumers need to ensure prices based on a model currently their own safety by buying LPG only acknowledged the importance of LPG being developed. To this end. key At normal temperatures and among them being the proliferation pressures LPG is a gas but as supplied of illegal LPG operators who fill and it is a liquid under pressure. dependence on wood fuel and Current annual LPG consumption in The Energy Act 2006 provides a charcoal. • Consumers should also know that the only person authorized to fill an LPG cylinder is the person whose brand appears on that cylinder. Matters of Energy LPG Safety and Awareness Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a gas from different brand owners. hence contribute to Kenya is estimated at about 90. When distribute well-known LPG cylinder this pressure is reduced. Demand available to the public at an transport. volatile than propane. Mwalo Energy News 17 November 2014 . the brand owners. are smoothened out. “Highly Flammable”. There are various licenses for below Africa’s average per capita eager to see that LPG is conveniently LPG imports. The illegal operators liquid starts to boil and gas is evolved get LPG cylinders get from with 1 litre of liquid providing about consumers seeking cylinder refills or 250 litres of gas. • Each LPG cylinder should be sealed. the Commission is (ERC). wholesale. • For the safety of consumers. Compiled by Eliakim R.25 kg which is prices of LPG. has not been without challenges.000 metric tonnes after plans to publish the prices of LPG mandate to stop and prosecute challenges in the current supply chain sold by various companies and unlicensed operators. for example brands without authority from the when the control valve is opened. consumption rate of 3 kg. • Check that the cylinder is well marked with appropriate safety symbols. • Weigh the filled LPG cylinder to get value for your money. On its part. Butane is less outright theft of cylinders from LPG source that could reduce over marketing companies.” highly flammable liquid which can be says ERC Director General Joseph defined as commercial butane. Ng’ang’a. • An official receipt with the cylinder’s serial number and weight should be clearly indicated upon purchase. commercial propane or any mixture The increased use of LPG in Kenya of both. storage and filling of for LPG in Kenya is expected to affordable price. “This will empower from licensed retailers. retailers should check the test date on each cylinder making sure it doesn’t exceed 8 years. metric tonnes which roughly individuals interested in operating Though ERC currently does not LPG business to obtain licenses from translates to a per capital have a mandate to regulate the the Energy Regulatory Commission consumption of 2.

. Easy corner Happens every week .. Not all advice is sincere Energy News 18 November 2014 .

experience there be too much of a good loss of energy. and vomiting. The problem comes when you drink too much. That's a condition called hyponatremia. seizures. and coma. that is fine.. The warning signs of hyponatremia If you don't get help right away. That’s how to heatstroke and exhaustion. Causes Drinking too much affects the body’s sodium levels. nausea. Other early symptoms can Drinking a large amount of water within a short time can be dangerous. look a lot like the symptoms of condition can quickly lead to swelling in drink lots of water. Drinking too much water causes an imbalance. You may hear it called water intoxication. it means you are taking in more than your kidneys can handle. What is water intoxication? If you drink a bottle of water here and there when you exercise or when you feel hot. Your health Getting the right amount . have a headache. too fast. Swelling of the cells is serious and if it happens in the brain then immediate treatment should be sought. It can dilute your blood and cause the concentration of salts to drop to dangerously low levels. The kidneys can only expel about half a liter an hour.. making them swell. and water moves from your blood to inside your cells. One of sodium’s jobs is to balance the fluids in and around your cells. Mwalo thing? spasms. so if you are drinking more than that. Energy News 19 November 2014 . the When it’s hot or when exercising. muscle weakness and Compiled by Eliakim R. How much is too much? Symptoms and treatment include diarrhea. Such cases are isolated and rare as more people tend to be dehydrated rather than having a problem with over-hydration. But can be hot. It's very serious. You might the brain. keep your body hydrated. You have heard it several times. and can be fatal.

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