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Program NameUganda: Electricity Regulatory Authority
Sovereign Long-Term Rating
S & P Local: n.a. S & P Foreign: n.a.
Moody's Local: n.a. Moody's Foreign: n.a.
Fitch Local: n.a. Fitch Foreign: n.a.
Includes Sub-Sovereigns?No
Program DescriptionElectricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is a statutory body established in accordance with the Electricity Act, 1999 (Chapter 145, Laws of Uganda). The Act empowers ERA to regulate the Generation, Transmission, Sale, Export, Import and Distribution of electrical energy in Uganda.

Members of the Authority were appointed in June 2000 with a mandate to steer the ERA and supervise the setting up of an effective secretariat manned by competent professionals. The Authority members are charged with the responsibility of guiding the implementation of the functions of the ERA as stipulated in the Electricity Act 1999. The new Act is mainly to create efficiency and attract private capital in the energy sector by liberalizing the sector and introduce competition in the electricity sector, through removing monopoly of UEB and permitting private companies to operate in the sector. It facilitated the regulation of the sector by creating the ERA.

The functions of ERA are:

To issue licenses for:
- The generation, transmission, distribution or sales of electricity; and
- The ownership or operation of transmission systems;

1. To receive and process applications for licenses;
2. To prescribe conditions and terms of licenses issued under this Act;
3. To modify licenses issued under this Act;
4. To make and enforce directions to ensure compliance with licenses issued under this Act;
5. To establish a tariff structure and to investigate tariff charges, whether or not a specific compliant has been made for a tariff adjustment;
6. To approve rates of charges and terms and conditions of electricity services provided by transmission and distribution companies;
7. To review the organization of generation, transmission and distribution companies or other legal entities engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to the extent that that organization affects or is likely to affect the operation of the electricity sector and the efficient supply of electricity;
8. To develop and enforce performance standards for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity;
9. To encourage the development of uniform electricity industry standards and codes of conduct;
10. To establish a uniform system of accounts for licensees;
11. To advise the Minister regarding the need for electricity sector projects;
12. To prepare industry reports and to gather information from generation, transmission and distribution companies;
13. To prescribe and collect license fees;
14. To provide for the procedure for investment programmes by transmission and distribution companies;
15. To approve standards for the quality of electricity supply services provided;
16. To approve codes of conduct in respect of the operation of transmission and distribution systems;
17. To acquire information and carry out investigations relating to any of its functions; and
18. To perform any other function that is incidental or consequential to its functions under this section, or as may be conferred on it by any other law.

Program Source(s)
Program Sector(s)Energy: General
Electricity Generation: Renewable (hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal, solar)
Overall Program Contact(s)Julius Wandera, John
Public Relations Officer, Electricity Regulatory Authority
Phone: +256 41 341852 Ext. 20
Program Project(s)
Sectors: No Specific Sector
More Info:
Contacts: Wandera, John Julius
Public Relations Officer, Electricity Regulatory Authority
Phone: +256 41 341852 Ext. 20

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Entered On01/16/2012 at 04:24 PM
Updated On04/22/2013 at 10:22 AM