The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Nairobi stakeholders’ workshop was held on Tuesday 30th May. The workshop was targeted at renewable energy practitioners and those in the petroleum sector. It was held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi.
The objective of the workshop was to enhance best practices, raise levels of awareness on safety, security challenges, regulatory compliance and applicable standards in the energy sector. The area covered in the meeting included: Licensing requirements for petroleum retail businesses, Implementation of the Energy (Appliances’ Energy Performance and Labeling) Regulations 2016, Implementation of the Kenya Standard on petroleum retail station layouts – KS 2506:2014, Clearance procedure for importation of solar products, the proposed revision of petroleum road transport regulations and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Regulations. Other areas considered included Petroleum fuels marking and monitoring and licensing requirements for LPG businesses.
Speaking at the meeting the acting director general said that ERC is committed to the growth of the LPG sector, working with all stakeholders, including the Energy Ministry to achieve a sustainable supply chain. He said that ERC seek to have a friendly and inclusive enforcement model. ‘ERC will enforce the Solar Water Heating regulations which have come into force in a friendly approach’ the Acting Director General Pavel Oimeke said. All buildings consuming more than 100 liters of hot water per day will get a notice of 3 to 6 months to comply in case they have not complied. He also said that ERC does not regulate without the input of the stakeholders, ERC seeks to be an enabler.
“We at ERC do our best to ensure that the sector does not balloon and become chaotic’ Kinyua Edward the Acting Director for Petroleum said. He also indicated that the cost of service study for petroleum is going on. They are looking at the costs associated with the petroleum supply chain. The exercise is run by Kurrent Technologies and Economic Consulting Associates of Britain.
From July all the imported electrical appliances should come in with energy labels. This is to encourage the importation and selling of energy efficient appliances. Importers and distributors of electronics were urged to comply with the labeling regulations.