An attendant at a Nyeri petrol station sells kerosene to a customer. The energy regulator has asked the Treasury and Energy ministries to hike kerosene prices to match that of diesel as it seeks to phase out the product from the local market in favour of clean fuels.

Trade-off analysis is imperative in designing the policies to promote a transition to clean energy. However, some knee-jerk energy policies by regulators such as the proposed taxation of Kerosene in Kenya where the consumers of kerosene cannot easily afford the preferred energy options creates leaves blind spot. Such blind spots would potentially create avenues for the proliferation of low-quality products.

Source: Daily Nation