The Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA) provides a platform for effective co-operation between independent electricity regulators within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. RERA provides the regulatory guidelines for cross border power training in Southern Africa. It also enables its members to build their capacity and share information, increasing regional regulatory cooperation.
With the support of the United States Agency For International Development (USAID), NARUC designed and implemented training courses to build the RERA regulators’ capacity. NARUC also collaborated with RERA on a technical workshop that sought to support renewable energy development in the region. This training included discussions on feed-in tariffs and other mechanisms designed to increase renewable development as well as what regional issues regulators may face as renewable energy grows.
More broadly, RERA officials said that its engagement with NARUC was beneficial on multiple fronts, including helping to improve administrative processes within the organization and identifying experts within Southern Africa to provide further training.