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Clean Energy –

Regulatory Energy Transition Accelerator

About RETA.

The accelerator is an initiative to enhance the capacity of regulators to increase the speed of the clean energy transitions.

It works directly with energy regulators in order to facilitate knowledge sharing, peer to peer learning and thought leadership on regulatory issues. It acts as well as a central resource for regulators to seek knowledge products and regulatory tools that can help mitigate challenges regulators face when trying to regulate for the sustainable, affordable and secure energy systems of the future.
The Accelerator was launched in 2021 at COP26 by Ofgem, IEA, IRENA, the World Bank, RMI, Energy Innovation and RAP along with regulators from around the world as part of the Green Grids Initiative.

What we do?

Areas of work.

The Accelerator is intended to enhance the capacity of energy regulators to contribute to decarbonisation of energy systems effectively, swiftly, and fairly through enhancing exchanges and communicating best practices in the following areas.

Network Planning
for wide scale electrification

Meeting the technical challenges of
expanding power systems.

Flexible, renewable-based systems

Managing increasing levels of variable renewables.

Regional
interconnection

Making best use of regional resources.

Regulatory frameworks
to deliver the energy transition

Creating fair and inclusive regulatory structures.

Fair and inclusive energy
transition

Ensuring that equity is at the heart of energy transitions.

Participants.

Regulators

Albania

ERE, Energy Regulatory Authority

Argentina

ADERE, Argentinian Association of Regulatory Entities for Electricity

Australia

Australian Energy Market Commission

Australia

Australian Energy Regulator

Australia (Western)

Economic Regulation Authority

Austria

E-Control

Azerbaijan

AERA, Azerbaijan Energy Regulatory Agency

Brazil

ANEEL, National Agency for Electric Energy of Brazil 

Cameroon

ARSEL, Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency of Cameroon

Canada (British Columbia)

British Columbia Utilities Commission

Canada (Ontario)

Ontario Energy Board

Canada (Québec)

Régie de l’énergie du Québec

Cayman Islands

OfReg, Utility Regulation and Competition Office

Chile

CNE, National Commission of Energy

Costa Rica

ARESEP,  Regulatory Authority of Public Services

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Autorité de Régulation du secteur de l’Electricité

Dominica

Independent Regulatory Commission

Egypt

EgyptERA, Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency

Egypt

GasReg, Gas Regulatory Authority of Egypt

France

CRE, Energy Regulatory Commission

Great Britain

Ofgem

Georgia

GNERC, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission

Grenada

Public Utilities Regulatory Commission

Hungary

MEKH, Hungarian Energy and Public Untility Regulatory Authority

Indonesia

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

Israel

Israeli Electricity Authority

Italy

ARERA, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment

Japan

Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission

Kenya

Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority

Malaysia

Energy Commission

Mauritius

Utility Regulatory Authority

Mongolia

Energy Regulatory Commission

Morocco

ANRE, National Electricity Regulatory Authority

New Zealand

Commerce Commission

New Zealand

Electricity Authority

North Macedonia

Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of North Macedonia

Norway

NVE-RME, Energy Regulatory Authority

Peru

Osinergmin, Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining

Portugal

ERSE, Entidade Reguladora dos Serviços Energéticos

Romania

Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority

Rwanda

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority 

Saint Lucia

National Utilities Regulatory Commission

Sierra Leone

Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission

Singapore

Energy Market Authority

Thailand

Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)

Turks and Caicos Islands

Energy and Utilities Department (EUD)

Uruguay

Regulatory Unit of Energy and Water Services (URSEA)

USA (Federal)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Commissioner Allison Clements Office

USA (California)

Energy Commission

USA (California)

Public Utilities Commission

USA (Hawaii)

Public Utilities Commission

USA (Michigan)

Michigan Public Service Commission

USA (Washington)

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Vanuatu

Utility Regulatory Authority

Regulatory networks

AFUR

African Forum For Utility Regulators

CAMPUT

Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals

ERERA

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERRA

Energy Regulators Regional Association

ICER

International Confederation of Energy Regulators 

MEDREG

Mediteranean Energy Regulators

NARUC

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Partners.

Latest news

Highlights.

November 2023

Fourth RETA workshop for SIDS

On 15/16 November the second workshop in the module covering resilient energy access in small island developing states was held. 24 participants took part, mainly from energy regulators from across the Caribbean and Pacific. Speakers from GGGI, RMI and Vanuatu’s regulator presented on resilience, minigrids and national experiences. RETA delivery partner GGGI hosted the workshop, organised in collaboration with UN ESCAP and the Green Grids Initiative. We look forward to future knowledge exchange between Caribbean and Pacific regulators.

November 2023

Report launch: Institutional Architecture for Regional Power System Integration – Government, Utility and Regulator Roles

As part of the RETA Flagship Project on Interconnectors, IEA has collaborated with the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and IRENA to produce this first guidance notes, as part of a series to help key stakeholders navigate the challenges associated with regional power system interconnectors. This knowledge product focuses on the soft infrastructure of cross-border power exchange, in accordance with the priority topics identified through a survey of regulators in February-March 2023. The guidance note can be accessed here.

Under this flagship project, the IEA, ESMAP and IRENA will continue to collaborate for the upcoming guidance notes planned for early next year.

October 2023

Working Paper: Advancing Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Development in SIDS to Support Energy Transition

Following up from the two workshops convening regulators from Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean and Pacific, which focused on distributed energy resources, RETA has collaborated with UN ESCAP and RMI on a working paper summarising the discussions and findings. The paper outlines some of the unique challenges and opportunities faced by small islands when integrating distributed energy resources into small grids. The working paper can be accessed here.

We continue our collaboration between energy regulators in these two regions which have so much to share with each other, with the next workshop on resilient energy access planned for November 15/16.

October 2023

African Regulators’ Peer Review and Learning Network

On 5 and 6 October a new round of the African Regulators’ Peer Review and Learning Network took place, with CEOs from regulators in Cameroon, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eqypt, Zambia, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and Rwanda taking part, with a number of regional organisations and development partners. The work is led by Power Futures Lab with the support of RETA delivery partner GET.transform, and RETA was proud to attend the opening of the session and see the value of peer-to-peer learning between regulators in Africa

September 2023

Electric vehicle regulation: ICER Technology & Innovation Working Group

On 27 September 2023, a webinar was held as part of RETA’s ongoing collaboration with the International Confederation of Energy Regulator’s Technology & Innovation Working Group.

During the webinar, Dr. Okan Yardimci from the Republic of Türkiye’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority delivered a presentation on Electric Vehicle charging regulations using the case study of Türkiye. He focused on key regulatory focus areas to accelerate the energy transition and actively engaged with the participants through a live survey. Following the presentation, participants raised valuable questions which explored EV charging regulations in various contexts.

Those that missed the webinar can watch the session here, and view Dr Yardimci’s slides here.

14 September 2023

Third RETA workshop on digitalization

On 14 September 2023, the third and final online RETA workshop in the series on digitalization took place, facilitated by the International Energy Agency and Energy Innovation. 32 participants joined from all over the world.

The workshop featured some high-level speakers focusing on technical solutions, including Audrey Zibelman and speakers from Energy Web, the Californian PUC and the regulator and independent system operator in Chile.  The need to build global standards for the digitalization of energy systems, and to get it right the first time round, was underlined. Specific examples of dynamic pricing, models for digital hubs and the use of blockchain were explored.

Following the presentations, the participants were divided into breakout rooms to engage in deeper discussions on the three case studies presented from Australia, California and Chile. Regulators can access materials from the workshop here.

 

September 2023

Third RETA workshop for SIDS

On 6/7 September the third workshop for regulators from Small Island Developing States took place as part of RETA’s flagship project.

The session was the first of two workshops making up the module on resilient energy access. It was facilitated by the Global Green Growth Institute and featured a well-received presentation from IRENA. 13 regulators from the Pacific and Caribbean participated. Stayed tuned for updates on the date for the next workshop.

 

23 August 2023

WFER panel on decarbonization

On August 23, RETA moderated a panel with RETA participants and delivery partners during the 8th World Forum on Energy Regulation in Lima, Peru. The panel focused on decarbonisation in energy regulator’s decision making. Representatives from Ofgem, NURC, RAP, and the IEA, participated in the debate moderated by the RETA coordinator.

 

August 2023

Fourth RETA Steering Committee meeting

On 22 August 2023, the fourth RETA Steering Committee meeting was held in Lima.

During the meeting, the SC engaged in discussions regarding the progress made on the five flagship projects. Particular attention was given to the development of the Knowledge Hub, and a desire for regulators to be part of the testing process. The SC members emphasised the significance of workshops in facilitating meaningful dialogues that allow for the exchange of various regulatory perspectives.

The meeting also delved into deliberations concerning upcoming areas of priority. Looking ahead, the next meeting is scheduled for early 2024, which will mark the conclusion of the current SC’s two-year term.

 

June 2023

Second workshop on digitalization

On 28 June 2023, the second online RETA workshop on digitalization was organized, facilitated by RMI and Energy Innovation, attracting the participation of 20 regulators.

During the workshop, the French energy regulator, the Australian energy regulator, and the Indian-based Council on Environment, Energy and Water presented case studies highlighting the advantages of digitalization in the energy system.

Following the presentations, the participants were divided into breakout rooms to engage in deeper discussions on the three topics presented: demand-side flexibility, the integration challenges of consumer energy sources, and advanced metering infrastructure.

April 2023

GET.Transform becomes RETA delivery partner

 

RETA looks forward to collaborating with GET.transform in assisting developing and emerging countries worldwide in advancing their energy sector transformations. GET.transform is part of a European multi-donor platform delivering on international energy and climate goals, and draws on the experience of a former EU programme which provided energy policy advisory for 13 years in more than 35 countries.

 

The work started in April, stay tuned for more updates soon.

June 1-2, 2023

Workshop on Deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)

 

On the 1/2 of June, the second workshop on Deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in Small Island Developing States was held remotely with 46 participants, including regulators from Pacific and Caribbean islands, and facilitators from RMI, RETA, UN ESCAP, and other partners including GGGI, IRENA and World Bank.

 

The workshop focused on three topics: examining various tariff design options and associated regulatory reforms to accelerate deployment of DERs, sharing participants’ experiences in implementing regulatory solutions for supporting DER adoption, and engaging in collaborative problem-solving to address challenges faced by regulators in advancing the DER agenda.

 

More information on some of the best practices identified will follow, as well as future workshops for small island regulators on other topics.

May 22-26, 2023

Energy transition training in Budapest

RETA was proud to collaborate with the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) to organise their first training session for energy regulators focusing on the energy transition. The training took place over the course of a week in Budapest and online, with lively discussions and expert presentations. RETA delivery partners IEA, IRENA and the Regulatory Assistance Project contributed to the teaching, and regulators from Austria, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Latvia, North Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and West Africa participated.

 

We hope to make a small selection of the presentations available to all RETA participants in the future knowledge hub. Energy regulators have to be equipped to deal with and accelerate the energy transition, and this training was an important step in achieving that.

May 2023

RETA at Canada’s CAMPUT Conference.

The association of Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial energy and utility regulators met in Toronto for their annual conference from the 7 to 10 May 2023.

The discussions were all around “New Regulatory Pathways for a Just Energy Transition”, and the RETA Administrator, as well as a fellow RETA regulator E-Control from Austria, were delighted to be part of the conversation. Whether and how decarbonisation is part of energy regulators mandates, and how Canada can become better interconnected between the provinces and territories were big topics of discussion, both key elements of RETA’s flagship projects.

More information on CAMPUT’s conference can be found here.

March 2023

RETA third Steering Committee meeting.

The third meeting of the RETA Steering Committee was held virtually on the 21 March 2023, with a focus on the delivery of RETA’s five flagship projects.

The Steering Committee approved RETA’s 2023 Workplan and a number of new partnerships which will ensure that RETA is able to provide more technical assistance and relevant projects to regulators.

The Steering Committee also agreed to hold their next meeting in person at the World Forum on Energy Regulation in Peru, now taking place in August.

March 2023

MECS becomes RETA delivery partner

RETA is delighted to welcome Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) as a new delivery partner.

Worldwide, nearly three billion people rely on traditional solid fuels, such as wood or coal, for cooking and heating. This has severe implications for health, gender relations, economic livelihoods, environmental quality and global and local climates. RETA is excited to partner with MECS to support regulators trying to encourage the move to electric cooking and reduce these dangerous emissions.

The work started in February with a meeting with African regulators, stay tuned for more updates soon.

 

February 2023

Meeting with African regulators on electric cooking

RETA facilitated the participation of African energy regulators at a meeting held in South Africa by the Climate Parliament and Modern Energy Cooking Services in February.

The meeting focused on the transition from polluting cooking fuels to electricity. Regulators from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Nigeria attended, as well as secretariat members from RETA and the African Forum of Utility Regulators.

The issue was identified as a pressing issue for many African regulators, with interesting examples being shared between regulators, and RETA will work further on electric cooking.

 

November 4, 2022

ICER Virtual Working Group

RETA held its second dissemination workshop on 4 November, in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators. The International Energy Agency presented its energy efficiency report, and the Regulatory Assistance Project presented its Blueprint project.

These sessions are open to all regulators, to sign up to RETA and receive information on future events, please contact us at admin@retatheaccelerator.org.

 

November 2, 2022

Eastern Caribbean peer to peer exchange

The Global Green Growth Institute and the Organisation Eastern Caribbean States organised an interactive session on 2 November for energy regulators to discuss Regulatory Guidelines on Interconnection of Customer-Owned Renewable Energy Facilities to the Grid. This knowledge exchange will help form a basis for RETA’s flagship project on Small Island Developing States.

November 3, 2021

RETA launch at the COP26.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Ofgem and World Bank launched at the COP26 a global initiative “Regulatory Energy Transition Accelerator” to accelerate the energy transition to provide clean, secure, and affordable supplies to everyone. Energy regulators have a key role to play in turning ambition into real-world action in hitting global climate goals. The Regulatory Accelerator enables them to collaborate to seize opportunities and solve problems to speed up the global energy transition at the lowest cost.

In particular, it can help countries with less developed energy systems to leapfrog the carbon-intensive paths other countries have previously taken.

The joint statement launched at COP26 can be found here.

February 2024

RETA at ARIAE

RETA was represented by RETA Coordinator, Andrew Flagg, at the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulators (ARIAE) in the Dominican Republic that took place between the 6th of February and the 8th of February 2024. This was a great opportunity for RETA to present their network and messages to new regulators. The main outcome of the conference is that the Uruguayan regulator URSEA joined RETA as a participant.

20th of March 2024

RETA Roundtable

On the 20th of March, the RETA Roundtable and Steering Committee took place in Paris at the IEA Headquarters. It was great to see so many regulators, delivery partners, and other organizations in person.

The key highlight includes the publication of RAP’s Decarbonization report, the launch of the Knowledge Hub, and the first-ever pitching session which introduced a wide range of ideas for RETA’s Workplan for 2024/25

7th of May 2024

RETA Publishes Workplan 2024-25

After a succesfull pitching session at the Roundtable in March, the RETA Administrator is happy to launch it’s 2024-25 workplan. There are a breadth of projects available, ranging from mini-grids and clean cooking to hydrogen and digital spines. They will be delivered by our trusted delivery partners.

We’re always open to discuss potential partnership or collaborations, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Upcoming events.

ESMAP Webinar on Market Design

We are excited to announce that our trusted delivery partner, the World Bank, is hosting a webinar on the Design of Wholesale Electricity Markets for Energy Transition.

The event is open to regulators from RETA, other regulators, and all interested participants. It will take place on June 26th at 8:00 AM EDT. This will be the first in a series of webinars by the World Bank discussing market design and carbon pricing to advance the energy transition.