In a colourful glitzy ceremony to recognize individuals and corporates that have made significant contributions in the energy sector worldwide, Kenya has scooped six out of the seven awards in the Sub-Saharan category during the 39th World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC.
The awards are run by The Association of Energy Engineers, a global nonprofit professional association represented in 98 countries, whose objective is to promote the scientific and educational interests in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.
Kenya has outshone all other African countries and walked away with six awards slotted for the African category. From the over 60 regional awards presented to individuals and organizations around the world, Kenya has taken center stage once again and trounced peers and colleagues around the continent.
It is of importance note the strides that Kenya has made over the years in the energy sector that has seen the country implement very stringent energy regulations and the key role played by both the public and private sector in pursuing and implementing energy sustainability initiatives.
The individual and corporate awardees have been recognized for their dedication and performance in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry and acknowledged for their individual and collective efforts towards transforming the energy sector.
The impressive list of awards for Sub Saharan Africa saw the following walk away feted and celebrated:.
Sub-Saharan Africa Region
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Chris Mbori
Energy Engineer of the Year – Eustace Murithi Njeru
Corporate Energy Management – Sarova Hotels Ltd
Energy Professional Development – Lawrence Muma Mang’erere
Energy Manager of the Year – Albert Mugo
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – 280 MW Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant
Energy Project of the Year – Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre.
The awards were presented to these energy leaders for outstanding performance as follows:.
Energy Engineer of the Year – Eustace Murithi Njeru – For the critical role he has played in developing the Energy Management Regulations 2012 and implementing them through the Energy Regulatory Commission. So far about 1000 facilities have conducted energy audits and started implementing energy management regulations..
Energy Professional Development – Lawrence Muma Mang’erere – For the important role played in energy training and development and for overseeing the upskilling and knowledge transfer that has seen the development of many energy engineers across East Africa over the last 10 years.
Energy Manager of the Year – Albert Mugo – As the CEO of Kengen, his leadership has seen him steer the organization to implement sustainable energy projects and to develop partnerships to further the energy agenda, with specific focus on the successes recorded in the Geothermal Power Plant projects in Olkaria.
Innovative Energy Project of the Year – 280 MW Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant – The project has been truly innovative because Kengen has managed to reduce the lead times of generation energy from geothermal using a new wellhead generation technology. It has also managed to save a lot of resources using this new technology..
Corporate Energy Management – Sarova Hotels Ltd – Sarova Hotels has distinguished itself over the years for ensuring processes, systems and policies are in place in all their facilities to ensure sustainable energy use. There has been notable continuous effort to ensure energy efficiency in all their hotels..
Energy Project of the Year – Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre – For the green energy features inbuilt into the facility including a building monitoring system, energy efficient lighting, air quality testing, and sustainable land use and ecology.
Young Energy Professional of the Year – Chris Mbori – For providing leadership in the energy sector as the CEO of Eenovators Ltd, that have conducted over 100 Energy Audits in the region, for developing an innovative energy management program – The Eagles Program and for conducting measurement and verification though IPMVP®.