The objective of the Economic Regulation Subcommittee (ERS) is to investigate and analyse the status of economic regulation of the electricity supply industry in the SADC countries with the view to identify commonalities, divergent practises, trends and other aspects that could hamper the effective development of the ESI at national and regional level.

Scope of Work:

The ERS shall:

  1. Investigate and analyse the consistency between economic regulation of transmission networks in individual countries and the prevailing and envisaged SAPP practises applicable to cross-border electricity trading;
  2. Benchmark economic regulatory practices against accepted international norms and trends and recommend RERA positions to be used as part of RERA’s advocacy of harmonisation of regulatory frameworks based on robust, transparent and effective principles and practises for economic regulation.
  3. Investigate and compare applicable licensee reporting requirements among electricity regulators in the SADC region for different types of licenses;
  4. Investigate and compare practices in collection, collation, storage and management of information collected from licensees;
  5. Investigate prevailing (and envisaged) practices for license requirements for submission of ring-fenced accounts by licensees and use of such ring-fenced accounts for economic regulation purposes;
  6. Analyse and compare the characteristics of existing and planned licensee reporting systems used by electricity regulators in the SADC region, with particular emphasis on any developments of electronic (web-based) reporting systems with built in data security and clearly defined levels of authority for access and use;
  7. Investigate the options, cost and implementation requirements for the introduction of computerised licensee reporting systems (where such do not exist) and develop implementation proposals where appropriate, with due cognisance of the need for regional harmonisation;

Main Initiatives in 2021:

Planned for implementation in 2021 include the following initiatives:

  1. Publish RERA Annual Tariffs Report
  2. Position paper on experiences on pro-poor/support tariffs in the region
  3. Develop best practices regulatory guidelines to assess cost reflective tariffs
  4. Development of Economic Regulation Data Portal