According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Ethiopia became Kenya's largest electricity supplier in 2023.

In a new report on Monday, KNBS revealed that Kenya imported 668.07 million kilowatt-hours (KWh) of power from Ethiopia last year, up from only 12.61 million kWh in 2022.

Kenya imported 917.8 million KWh in 2023, almost three-fourths of which came from Ethiopia.

The rest came from Uganda, which initially was Kenya’s main source of power imports.

According to the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), Kenya embraced Ethiopia because of its cheap hydroelectric power.

Kenya built a 500kV interconnector line linking the two neighboring countries to facilitate the power imports.

Kenya’s electricity consumers in 2023 stood at over 9.2 million, about half a million more than in 2022, according to Kenya Power, the country’s main electricity distributor.