"How would you rate the quality of power you receive as a household?" This question was recently posed to neighbouring households with similar characteristics across Kenya. It however elicited varied responses.
Without power supply data to reference, consumers have a difficult time accurately determining the frequency and duration of power outages and voltage fluctuations. This is the case not only for households but commercial establishments as well.
The Electricity Supply Monitoring Initiative (ESMI) is a crowd-sourcing approach that provides a real-time, open-source database on supply interruptions and voltage levels at consumer locations, including households and commercial establishments. Voltage is recorded by the minute and this data is relayed to a central server. The data is automatically analysed and published as publicly accessible online reports on voltage supply profiles, hours of power outage, supply interruptions, and availability of service. ESMI Kenya seeks to provide a multidimensional analysis of electricity access, focusing on availability, reliability, and quality of supply within selected regions.
This initiative is jointly implemented by EED Advisory Ltd based out of Nairobi, Prayas (Energy Group) from India and World Resources Institute, Washington.