The Energy and Regulatory Petroleum Authority (EPRA) has developed the Energy Regulation 2021 and now invites input from industry stakeholders over the proposed regulations. The process will assist in spurring investment in minigrids in the country, to increase electrification in underserved areas distant from the main grid.
The authority said it will conduct nationwide sensitisation and consultative sessions before the next stages of validation.
According to EPRA, the regulations support the national aspiration of realising universal access to electricity by 2022 as envisioned in the Kenya National Electrification Strategy launched in 2018.
The draft regulations were developed within provisions the provisions of the Energy Act, 2019 and are meant to harmonise the minigrid approval requirements by the national government, county governments, and relevant regulatory bodies; provide for minigrid tariff approvals; provide a clear and competitive process for minigrids licensing and interconnection to the main grid.
EPRA Director-General Daniel Kiptoo Bargoria, said: “An impact study of the current minigrids regulatory framework revealed that the framework does not directly address minigrid development in the country. It is against this backdrop, and an increased interest in minigrid development by key players, that EPRA developed the draft minigrid regulations.”
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