The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) is the regional regulator for cross-border electricity interconnections in West Africa.
The desire of Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to realize electricity interconnections through the joint implementation and sharing of energy resources of the region has manifested in the adoption of an Energy Protocol designed to put in place the appropriate legal and institutional environment for the development of the electricity sector of West Africa.
Within the framework of the Energy Protocol and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Programme, the Member States of ECOWAS, in January 2008 established, the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) by Supplementary Act A/SA.2/1/08, as a specialized institution of ECOWAS.
ERERA’s general mission is to regulate cross-border electricity exchanges between ECOWAS Member States, while overseeing the implementation of the necessary conditions to ensure rationalization and reliability and contributing to setting up a regulatory and economic environment suitable for the development of the regional market.
The strategic orientations of ERERA are as follows:
Ensuring the highest standards of regulation to achieve a sustainable and efficient regional electricity market for ECOWAS.
Implementation of effective regulatory mechanisms for the development of regional electricity trade in ECOWAS.
Professionalism, Integrity, Accountability, Transparency, Collaboration, Credibility.
The best regulatory practices for the benefit of the ECOWAS Community.
ERERA’s governance structure is provided by Council Regulation C/REG.27/12/07 of 15th December 2007 on the Composition, Organization, Functions and Operations of the Authority.
ERERA’s headquarters is located in Accra, Ghana.