SIERRA LEONE MAKE HUGE STRIDES IN CONTINENTAL ELECTRICITY REGULATORY INDEX RANKING
The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC) has been ranked 19th place out of 35 country regulatory bodies in the Electricity Regulatory Index (ERI) for Africa, released by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in August 2019. This is the first time Sierra Leone participated in the ERI.
The ERI is a special report that measures the level of development of the regulatory frameworks in African countries and examines their impact on the performance of their respective electricity sectors based on Industry best practice. The index is composed of three sub-indexes on Regulatory Governance, Substance, and Outcome.
Sierra Leone’s ranking is amongst the second group of countries that are considered to have an average-developed electricity regulatory framework amongst established regulators. It is important to note that Sierra Leone is ranked ahead of countries like Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Critical areas of importance as highlighted in the report includes regulatory substance and regulatory outcomes for consumers – particularly in the commercial sector. SLEWRC also scored big on the independence of regulators from the government and stakeholders.
The Electricity Regulatory Index for Africa is a product of the Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Complex of the African Development Bank. Periodic evaluation of regulators as practiced in many developed countries is important as it enables early identification of problems or gaps so that corrective actions can be implemented as soon as possible.
According to the Director General of the Commission Dr. Emmanuel Mannah, the achievement is as a result of a dedicated crop of staff and a body of astute Commissioners. He on other hand has been providing strategic leadership to the Commission.
In compiling this comparative study, the AfDB hopes the assessment will promote further private sector participation to improve performance and national regulatory environments.
Management and Staff of the SLEWRC
ANNEX 3: ERI COMPARISON 2018 – 2019
The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission is inviting the public to send in comments in relation to the request for a tariff review from the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC). A public hearing process will be held on Wednesday 31st July, 2019 at 9.30 a.m. at the Siaka Steven Stadium Hostel, Brookfields, to which the general public is invited. Should you wish to make a contribution during this process, kindly inform the Commission on or before Tuesday 30th July 2019. Your participation, in the form of comments and an appearance at the public hearing, would be very valuable to this all important process.
Please click the link below for the full details of the Tariff Review and the Public Hearing:
The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission, with support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation under the Threshold Program for Sierra Leone, have been developing regulations aimed at improving access and efficient delivery of electricity and water services.
These regulations are aimed at developing a culture wherein the entities
(as listed below) are mandated to improve the quality of supply of water and
electricity services. This will essentially improve the culture of compliance
for all the related entities engaged in the business of supplying water and
Electricity in the Country.
The EWRC will therefore visit various locations in the country to mainly
consult with the consuming public and other relevant stakeholders to
incorporate their views in the final draft before laying in Parliament.
The Public Consultation will be held as follows:
Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Thursday 14th March 2019
Friday, 15th March 2019
Monday, 25th March 2019
Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Wednesday, 27th March 2019
Thursday, 28th March 2019
Port Loko consultations
Friday, 29th March 2019
Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019
The regulations will mainly target the following entities or players:
- ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLY AUTHORITY (EDSA)
- ELECTRCITY GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION COMPANY (EGTC)
- OTHER INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS,
- ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
- ELECTRICAL MATERIAL PROVIDERS (those importing, manufacturing, and selling electrical equipment such as cables and meters)
- SIERRA LEONE WATER COMPANY (SALWACO)
- GUMA VALLEY WATER COMPANY (GVWC)
- PACKAGED WATER PRODUCERS
- PLUMBERS or WATER RELATED TECHNICIANS
- WATER RELATED MATERIALS PROVIDERS (those importing, manufacturing, and selling electrical equipment such as cables and meters
By the Commission,
LEONE ELECTRICITY and WATER REGULATORY COMMISSION
10th March 2019