EWURA is mandated to carry out both technical and economic regulation of the electricity sub-sector. This mandate is derived from EWURA Act, Cap. 414 and the Electricity Act, Cap.131. Promotion of least cost and security of supply is among the functions of EWURA stipulated in Section 6 of the Electricity Act, Cap.131. Section 5 of the Electricity Act states the powers of EWURA regarding regulation of electricity sub-sector among which is to award licences to entities undertaking or seeking to undertake a licensed activity, approve and enforce tariffs and fees charged by licensees, approve licensees’ terms and conditions of electricity supply and approve initiation of procurement of new electricity supply installation. Section 8 of Cap. 131 states activities that require to be licenced, Section 23 of Cap. 131 states EWURA’s mandates on tariff settings, while Section 25 of Cap. 131 states the mandate given to EWURA when it comes to approval of power purchase agreements.
Policy, Laws and Regulations
Regulation of electricity sub-sector is guided by ;
To facilitate implementation of these legislation, EWURA Act (S. 40) gives EWURA powers to make rules with respect to regulated services and supply.
Since its establishment, EWURA has developed and put into operation various rules related to regulation of electricity sector in mainland Tanzania. The rules currently in force include