Below is a list of all the major legislation used by PURA including the PURA Act to regulation the various sectors
The Public Utilities Regulatory Act (PURA Act)
The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Act, 2001 was enacted to establish The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority charged with the duty of regulating the activities of public utilities who provide certain regulated public services especially where they enjoy a monopoly in the provision of a service.
The public utilities that may be regulated are those providing communication services (telecommunications, broadcasting and postal services), water and sewage services, and energy services like electricity.
The power to issue licences to public utilities is vested in the Hon. Minister responsible for the particular sector and the specific licences are usually oultined in more detail in sector specific legislation such as the Electricity Act of the Information and Communications Act.
The Act permits the Authority a degree of control by requiring a public utility to comply, when providing the service, broadly with certain standards, and the fee and charging guidelines prescribed by the Authority.
The Information and Communications Act was enacted in 2009. The Act was drafted follwoing extensive consultations on the development of a comprehensive legislation that would addresss not only the rapidly evolving nature of the communications idunstry but the convergence of technologies.
Following the approval of the National Energy Policy by the Cabinet in 2005, the Electricty Act was enacted to further promote the participation of the private sector in the electricity market and to regulate the sector to ensure consumers recieve better services as well as ensure that operators operate with optimal efficiency.
The Act clearly outlines the roles of each staekholder in the sector so that there is a seperation between policy and regulatory mandates.
All operators in the electricity market must optain a Licence for generation, transmision or distribution activities.
The Act also through Section 18 gives a detail manner for procedures to be developed to regulate end user tariffs.
The Act was enacted on the 16th of December 2013 to promote the development of Renewable Energy in The Gambia.
The main objectives of the Act are to-
(a) promote the use of renewable energy resources, including hybrid systems, to achieve greater energy self-reliance and thereby reduce the exposure to fossil fuel price fluctuations, reduce harmful emissions, and promote economic growth and protection of the environment in The Gambia;
The Act also give PURA new mandates in terms of Feed in Tariff development and offers investors new incentives for utility scale renewable energy projects.