Kenyan Energy Regulatory Commission

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was established under the Energy Act of 2006 which turned the Electricity Regulatory Board (ERB) into the ERC in July 2007.[1] It is subsidiary to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum[2] and is mainly responsibility for the regulation of the petroleum, electricity and renewable energy sector.[3] As of November 2013, the Commission is headed by Director General Dr. Frederick Nyang.[4] The Director General is responsible for the day to day management of the Commission.[5]

Functions

According to the Commission's homepage, its core mission is “to facilitate access to efficient and sustainable energy through enabling regulation that will contribute to better quality of life in Kenya.”[6] More specifically, the ERC holds the following functions: [7]

  • to regulate electrical energy, renewable energy, petroleum and related products
  • to protect the interests of consumers, investors and other stakeholders
  • to maintain a list of accredited energy auditors
  • to monitor and ensure the implementation of the principles of fair competition in the energy sector in coordination with other statutory authorities
  • to provide information and statistics to the Minister of Energy
  • to collect and maintain energy data
  • to prepare an indicative national energy plan
  • to perform any other function that is incidental or consequential to its functions under the Energy Act or any other written law

References

  1. Our Mandate”. Energy Regulatory Commission, retrieved 06 November 2013.
  2. Background”. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. Kenya Petroleum Sector Scoping Study”. Sustainable Integrity GmbH, April 2013.
  4. Senior Management”. Energy Regulatory Commission, retrieved 6 November 2013.
  5. Senior Management”. Energy Regulatory Commission, retrieved 6 November 2013.
  6. Mission, Vision and Values”. Energy Regulatory Commission, retrieved 6 November 2013.
  7. Our Mandate”. Energy Regulatory Commission, retrieved 06 November 2013.