PARLIAMENT yesterday unanimously passed the National Energy Authority and Electricity Industry Act Amendment bills 2020.
Energy and Rural Infrastructure Minister Saki Soloma said the enactment of the national energy authority would establish the energy and electricity industry law for the energy sector.
Soloma said the Electricity Industry Act 2020, on the other hand, contained consequential amendments to the Electricity Industry Act 2002, and repealed certain provisions of the Electricity Industry Act.
He said the main objective of the two legislations was to enable the power industry to be the driving force for development of the country through a number of areas to:
- PROMOTE planning, development and operation of a safe and efficient system of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to customers;
- PROMOTE efficiency and competition in the electricity industry and downstream processing gas industry;
- ESTABLISH and enforce proper standards of safety, reliability and quality in the electricity supply industry and downstream gas industry; and,
- ESTABLISH and enforce proper technical standards for electrical gas installments.
“There are some issues affecting the energy and electricity industry that will be addressed through the enactment of the two new legislations,” Soloma said.
“The two legislations will establish a comprehensive legal framework.”