ECOWAS Regional electricity Regulatory Authority meets in Accra

Members of the consultative committees of regulators and operators of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) will hold their sixth meeting on 17th and 18th November 2015 in Accra as the launch of the West African electricity market draws near.

A statement signed by ERERA said the participants will specifically consider the status of the implementation of the ECOWAS ministerial directive on the organisation of the regional electricity market issued in 2013.

The directive provides the general framework for governing the regional electricity market within the framework of the ECOWAS Energy Protocol.  Macky-Sall

It also relates to the operations of the electricity market principles such as the market design and phases, open access to the regional transmission network and access by eligible customers as well as the harmonisation of cross-border contractual arrangements.

The meeting, the statement said, will also review the draft dispute resolution procedures and enforcement rules prepared by ERERA for the discharge of its quasi-judicial functions with regards to the regional electricity market.

The Committee members will, in addition, review ERERA’s draft strategic plan and programmes for 2016 to 2020 as well as consider proposals on the rebranding of the institution’s annual Electricity Regulatory Forum to make it more effective.

The members will also receive briefings on ERERA’s draft model contract of the regional power market, including templates for bilateral contracts during the first phase of the market

Furthermore, the participants will be

treated to presentations on the basics of transmission tariff methodologies, meant, to address the sensitive issue of cross-border electricity carts, the statement said


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