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PRESS RELEASE: Energy Regulatory Commission has Not Issued a License for the Lamu Coal Plant

Pictured: Lamu residents hold placards in protest against the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decision to hold a public hearing on the Lamu Coal Power Plant in an area that is inaccessible, December 6, 2016 |REUTERS, Abdallah Bargash

Lamu – March 30, 2017

Save Lamu has publicized a press release to clarify media reports that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has not granted a license to Amu Power for the proposed 1,050 MW coal power plant in Lamu County. Rather, the ERC published a response to Save Lamu’s objection to the issuance of a license to Amu Power. This does NOT mean that a licence has been granted.

The release asserts that “The dismissal was published in the Kenya Gazette notice, no. 1256 of 24th February 2017. The ERC dismissed Save Lamu’s objection on several broad claims, namely that: the communities affected by the project do not object to the license, that all economic, environmental and social issues have been addressed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and that Kenya needs coal power. However, the ERC are still deliberating and a decision has yet to be made on the granting of the electricity generation license.”… Read more

Download PDF Press Release Here

Omar Mohammed
National Liaison Officer
Tel: +254 (0)710-343-432

ERC Gazette Notice – Feb 24, 2017
Save Lamu Protest Against ERC Hearing – Dec 6, 2016
Letter response from ERC – Nov 7, 2016
Save Lamu Objection to ERC – Oct 28, 2016