Gender inequality in energy and regulation has been a longstanding challenge, prohibiting growth and sustainability and affecting energy services, labor and decision-making. Studies have shown that when women are given the opportunity to take on larger and more diverse roles within regulatory agencies, they will have a positive impact on management, operation and growth of their institutions.
For regulators and policymakers, the need to consider gender goes far beyond greater representation within regulatory agencies and the energy sector as a whole. Intentional efforts must be made to ensure that gender-specific considerations are included in policy and regulatory frameworks. Countries are recognizing the value and need of gender equality and have set specific gender based goals in policymaking and/or have committed to a gender-inclusive approach to energy sector reform.
With the support of the United States Agency for International Development, NARUC is taking a multi-pronged approach to help address systemic issues of gender inequality in energy and regulation.
Women in Energy Regulation Internship
NARUC has launched a pilot internship program intended to foster interest among young women in energy regulation by giving them the opportunity to hold short-term positions within their country's energy commissions. By completing this program, it is envisioned that interns will acquire the basic skills and institutional knowledge needed to pursue a career in the sector and become attractive candidates for employment within the host commission, other regulatory agencies, or among regulated entities such as electric utilities.
Practical Guide on Women in Energy Regulation
NARUC is also developing the Practical Guide on Women in Energy Regulation. This guide is designed to be a tool for regulators that outlines best practices for policy and regulatory reforms to enhance inclusion of women in the energy regulation. This first-of-its-kind project will augment the growing body of knowledge on gender in other areas of energy sector, with a specific focus on women’s involvement in regulating the energy sector as well as policy considerations that are gender inclusive. The guide is expected to be completed in May 2018.
Kenya Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority of Tanzania