The Eastern Africa Power Pool Independent Regulatory Board (EAPP-IRB) Establishment
On 20th January, 2012, the National Regulators/Energy Ministry Representative’s of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda held a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya to deliberate regulatory issues of the Eastern Africa Power Pool(EAPP) and formed the Eastern Africa Power Pool Regulatory Forum to lead and facilitate the establishment of the IRB. In this meeting the forum elected Tanzania to be the chairman and Ethiopia to be the secretary and agreed a temporary secretariat to be co-located along with the EAPP headquarter. On 14th of February 2012 after deliberating intensively in all current issues the forum came up with recommendations to be presented for the Conference of Ministers.
On the 30th of March, 2012 the 5th COM meeting held in Addis Ababa, transformed the Eastern Africa Power Pool Regulatory Forum to be the Independent Regulatory Board and to be located at the EAPP Permanent Secretariat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the next foreseeable future until the conditions are deemed appropriate.
To be a world class regional power sector/energy regulator that fosters investments and enhances the reliability of power/energy supply in the Eastern Africa Region.
Provide regulatory services to the regional power market in an efficient transparent and non discriminatory manner and thereby contribute to the regional market’s sustainable development.
Mandates of IRB
The detailed Mandates of the IRB are as follows:
1. Issue operating licenses to qualified market participants in accordance with the approved Market Rules and Regional Grid Code,
2. Regulate relevant activities of the signatories of the Inter –
3. Utility Memorandum of Understanding,
4. Approve formulae for calculating the EAPP Regional transmission and wheeling tariffs in the approved methodology or methodologies,
5. Derive and propose any modifications to the financing formulae of regional institutions (Such as EAPP Permanent Secretariat, Coordination Centre),
6. Approve modifications to subsequent versions of the EAPP regional market rules, EAPP interconnection code, standards, procedures and specification, and enforce standards procedures and specifications,
7. Recommend changes to EAPP member country’s domestic legislations to facilitate the development of the EAPP Regional Power Trade and the continued progress of the EAPP towards a competitive electricity markets,
8. Follow up and monitor the performance of the EAPP Regional Trade, propose modifications as necessary and present an annual performance report to the Conference of Ministers,
9. Settle any electricity cross–border or trading dispute which may arise between the members in the EAPP regional Power Market,
10. Ensure transparency and availability of information to all stakeholders,
11. Coordinate, Monitor and enforce Environmental Guidelines for Regional Projects
12. Impose penalties and sanctions on non-compliance with Market Rules, Grid Code and any other applicable Rules and Regulations
According to the 5th COM meeting declaration the IRB will report to the COM as opposed to the 2005 IGMOU where it reports to the Steering Committee (SCM)
Figure below shows the proposed organizational chart of IRB: