INTERCONNECTION CODE COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
The Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) member countries continue to plan and build transmission interconnections that will eventually link the electric grids of all member nations and greatly improve the potential for cross border trade, thereby leading to greater energy security and economic prosperity. One of the key components required for the successful integration of the East African region’s electricity sector is a framework and set of rules for the coordinated planning and operation of the region’s electric transmission systems and generation resources. As a first step, the EAPP and its members directed the development of the EAPP Interconnection Code which was developed in 2012. The Code sets out the technical rules necessary for the EAPP to ensure the transmission grid is operated in a safe, reliable, secure and efficient manner. In 2012, Power Africa then augmented the EAPP Interconnection Code to include a set of standards and measures to clearly specify what was required of member countries/utilities and what evidence was needed to determine whether an entity is in compliance with the each of the requirements set out in the Code.
To further enhance understanding of the Interconnection Code, its standard requirements and measures, and assist member nations in complying with the Code on a timely basis, the EAPP and the Independent Regulatory Board (IRB), with support from Power Africa plan to implement an Interconnection Code Compliance Program.
- To make the standard requirements of the Interconnection Code mandatory to ensure the
operational security, reliability of the transmission system and quality of the supply;
- To define a plan to phase in the minimum set of Interconnection Code Standards that are to be
met over time1;
- To assist members to determine if they are in compliance and if not what steps are needed to
- To assist the Independent Regulatory Board (IRB) in developing a process which assures that all
EAPP Members comply with the Interconnection Code on an ongoing basis; and
- To assist Members to identify areas where external funding will be needed to meet the Interconnection Code requirements and to assist in obtaining such funding;
It is anticipated that the implementation of the Interconnection Code will commence during the first quarter of 2016 and extend for a 3 year period through 2018. The EAPP/IRB will develop the plan for a phased implementation of the EAPP Interconnection Code based on the plan to initially adopt those Interconnection Code standard requirements that will address the highest risks to the regional transmission system.