According to its Vision 2030, Zambia aims to provide “universal access to clean, reliable and affordable energy at the lowest total economic, financial, social and environmental cost consistent with national development goals by 2030.” Energy has been identified as an important driving force behind economic development, and the government has declared its commitment to developing and maintaining energy infrastructure and services. Private sector participation in generation, transmission, and distribution is in its nascent stages, with the vast majority of power in Zambia operated by ZESCO, the vertically integrated state-owned utility.
The development of strong regulatory frameworks will be essential to encouraging increased private investment, bringing energy generation projects online, and facilitating new, safe connections to the electricity grid.
Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Power Africa, the Zambia Electricity Regulatory Partnership is an institutional strengthening program designed to enhance the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) of Zambia’s regulatory frameworks and capacity to foster an enabling environment for investment in the energy sector. NARUC will support the ERB’s efforts to transition toward a more cost-reflective electricity tariff regime, develop and implement a regulatory framework for third party access to transmission networks and improve its oversight of off-grid systems.
NARUC will also assist the ERB in enhancing its ability to play a central role in driving progress toward national development objectives through the strengthening of its regulatory mandate, financial and operational independence, and effective stakeholder engagement.
Project Dates: 2005-2008, 2018-Present
Partner: Energy Regulation Board of Zambia
Workshop on Investment