Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:58 | Written by Pura | | |
19th March 2013
2nd NATIONAL FORUM ON RENEWABLE ENERGY REGULATION
The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) organized the 2nd National Forum on Renewable Energy Regulation: ‘’Next Steps in Renewable Energy Regulation” on March 19, 2013 and March 20, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel.
The forum was jointly organized by PURA and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) of the United States, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 and representing the interest of regulatory bodies in all the 50 US States. Like The Gambia, most of the US States have multi-sector regulatory agencies that regulate a diversity of sectors including energy, telecommunications, water, and transportation. NARUC is based in the US capital, Washington DC.
Through its international programme, NARUC also endeavours to foster exchanges between US regulators and other regulators from Africa, Europe and Asia to share best practices, exchange ideas and building capacity.
In February 2012, NARUC co-sponsored with PURA the first National Forum on Renewable Energy in The Gambia. It was the first forum in which grid connected renewable energy was debated at a high level. The meeting was opened by the Hon. Minister of Petroleum representing H.E The President of The Gambia.
This year’s forum is a two day event organized to provide a unique opportunity for PURA as the electricity regulatory body, Gambian policymakers and stakeholders to come together and discuss issues relating to clean energy implementation in The Gambia. The main objectives of the Forum are to:
Assess progress made on RE regulation since The Gambia National Forum on Renewable Energy Regulation (January 31 - February 1, 2012);
Promote national-level discussion on clean energy policy including legal and regulatory frameworks with particular focus on the draft new RE law;
Review the implementation of recent RE projects and identify recommendations for smoother implementation of future projects;
Provide regulatory expertise in developing support schemes for renewable energy that promote investment;
Explore synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
Share international and regional best practices and lessons learned in clean energy regulation.
Hon. Minister of Energy , Mr Teneng Mba Jaiteh, PURA DG, Mr.Abdoulie Jobe and the Deputy chief of Mission of
the US EmbassyMr Richard Yoneoka during the opening ceremony. the picture on right shows the participants.
Below is a snapshot of the pleneray sessions.
The Forum also had international guest speakers and experts from regulatory institutions in New Jersey and Michigan (USA). Regional experts from the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the ECOWAS Regional Regulatory Authority (ERERA), experts from regulatory agencies in Nigeria would also be participating to showcase their experience in Renewable Energy implementation.