From ECB to Energy Regulator

The transformation of the Electricity Control Board to a broader Energy Regulator is well on track with the final industry adjustments taking place. The transformation was expected to be completed earlier this year but was delayed due to the inherent lengthy legal process. Although a final name for the new regulator and launch date is yet to be decided, members of the ECB remain optimistic that the transition will take place soon.
According to the manager of technical regulation, Dr. Maxwell Muyambo, all upstream energy activities will still be regulated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. “The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will continue regulating oil and gas resources. All upstream activities such as the exploration and extraction will be regulated by the government.” The new energy regulator will therefore manage all downstream activities. Dr Muyambo said,“For the ECB, transformation simply implies expanded scope of work. In addition to regulating electricity the ECB (or more precisely, its successor) will also be responsible for gas, renewable energy and distribution infrastructure for gas and petroleum products for now.” This move is meant to insure cost efficiency by allowing a specialised focus on both ends of the production chain. “The transformation of the ECB from regulating electricity only to regulating electricity and other forms of energy was dictated by the need to regulate additional resources in a cost-effective manner without creating another regulator. This is actually in line with regional trends ” stated Dr Muyambo.