Technical Regulation

The Technical Regulation Department is responsible for all engineering services required for regulatory oversight or compliance monitoring and involves the development and implementation of regulatory tools comprising technical standards, regulations, rules and codes governing the electricity network infrastructure design, operation and maintenance.

Functions of the Technical Regulation Division

  1. Facilitating the development, promulgation and implementation of technical regulatory tools
  2. Conducting technical Compliance audits and reporting on non-compliance issues as well as assisting stakeholders to comply.
  3. Making requisite technical inputs in evaluation of license applications and electricity tariff applications by NamPower
  4. Preparing quarterly reports on the state of the Industry for the Board and for the Minister of Mines and Energy.
  5. Conducting investigations on accidents/incidents or complaints or customer complaints

Representing ECB in designated industry forums at national regional and international levels and participates in the Technical Regulations Sub-Committee activities of the RERA.

Functions of the Regulatory Support Services Division

The main functions of Regulatory Support Services (RSS) are to manage licenses, research, plan, coordinate and provide expertise to the ECB on the Namibia Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) issues as well as to render support in the areas that are not clearly economic or technical in nature. Through these functions the Regulatory Support Services department ascertains that regulated aspects within the Electricity Industry are operating according to set objectives and performance frameworks and monitoring these areas to ensure growth and financial health as outlined by the Electricity Control Board as guided by the Electricity Act 2007.

The RSS department is responsible for managing and coordinating license applications, evaluations and issuances. Through the Performance Management System, the Regulator has been able to monitor the performance of licensees in accordance with set industry benchmarks. An important objective of performance monitoring is for the ECB to collect sufficient data on the performance of the industry. The information collected is also used by the Regulator to jointly set performance targets with the licensees.

The RSS department is responsible for collecting data on the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI), the data is used to provide information to all stakeholders in the form of a Statistical Bulletin.

The RSS department also compliments the ECB functions by addressing the current power supply shortages in Namibia and the region through:

  • The introduction of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) into the ESI through developing and implementing an IPP framework.
  • The promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technologies for sustainable development.

Services offered by RSS department include:

  • Regulatory framework for the electricity supply industry in terms of Generation; Transmission; Distribution; Supply; Import; Export and trading in Namibia.
  • Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) Restructuring including Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Reform
  • Verifying adherences to License Conditions and other Regulations
  • Handling Customer Complaints
  • Research and development
  • Industry performance
  • Industry statistics

Transmission Grid Code (Tx)

Distribution Grid Code (Dx)

Distribution Infrastructure Standards

2. Drawings Manual

Installations and machinery Regulations

Renewable Energy Grid Code

Technical Regulation Documents

Electrical Accident / Incident Notice Template
Electricity Safety Code
IPP and Investment Market Framework
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