The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC) with support from the United Nations for Project Services (UNOPS) 2019 held a two day technical workshop on draft mini grid regulations at the Lagoonda Complex, Aberdeen on Wednesday 9th January, 2019 and Thursday 10th January, 2019 respectively.
The workshop which comprised of two sessions on each day, targeted key stakeholders like the Ministry of Energy, EDSA, EGTC and other participants from the Consumer Protection Agency, DFID, EU, REASL,E GIZ’s ENDEV project, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Energy, mini grid operators and the media.
The objective of the workshop was to review and discuss the draft mini grid regulatory instrument which was developed by the Commission with support from UNOPS, to get meaningful feedback from stakeholders and participants for consideration in the final mini grid draft regulations.
A technical presentation on electricity measurement devices, interconnection rules, commercial arrangements which form the mini grid regulations was carried out during every session by EWRC’s Head of Electricity Ing. Kelcise Sesay and Economic Regulator Brima Bah.
Speaking to a number of the participants at the workshop, they
described the sessions as informative and interactive which provided a proper
setting to clarify issues of concerns to the mini grid operators and other key
The Commission in turn hopes to review these comments in the coming
weeks for possible inclusion in the final draft.
The Chairman of the Electricity
and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) Mohamed Seisay has on Tuesday 8th
January 2019 presented a total of 8 draft regulatory instruments to the
Minister of Water Resources Dr. Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe. The regulations which
were put together with support from the AARC consultants
under the MCC Threshold Program for Sierra Leone. These instruments are aimed
at providing guidelines for service providers to improve the quality of water
supply services. They also include punitive measures for non-compliance with
the standards for providing these essential services.
He expressed concerns for the clarity in the commissions role in monitoring the utilities to avoid any possible overlap with that of the Ministry of Water Resources. Also, his concerned was also centred around the water code. According to him, the water code is very timely and important at this point because the Ministry is currently developing infrastructural project. Water code will be very important and useful in managing this investment. He assured the commission of setting up a committee including SALWACO and other necessary committee members to look into the draft regulations put forward by commission. After their review, the Ministry will submit feedback and possible suggestions to the commission.
The Chairman of the Electricity
and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) Mohamed Seisay has on Monday 7th
January 2019 presented a total of 12 draft regulatory instruments to the
Minister of Energy Alhaji Kanja Sesay. The regulations which were put together
with support from the AARC consultants under the MCC Threshold
Program for Sierra Leone. These instruments are aimed at providing guidelines for
service providers to improve the quality of supply of electricity services. They
also include punitive measures for non- compliance with the standards for
providing these essential services.
In receiving the documents, the Minister stated that he considered the work of the Commission to be very important hence the institution is held in very high esteem by the Ministry in consideration of the vital role that the Commission plays in the sector. He expressed concerns for the justifications of the current tariff system in the sector and was hopefully that the regulations would address these concerns. He pledged his Ministry’s support to the public consultation process of the draft regulations which the Commission intends to roll out in the coming weeks and assured the Commission that his Ministry will carry out a thorough technical review of the draft regulations and submit its feedback to the Commission.