Clean Energy –

the energy transition.

Clean Energy –

What is RETA?

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 at COP26 by Ofgem, IEA, IRENA, RMI and the World Bank along with regulators from around the world as part of the Green Grids Initiative.

The initiative’s goals have been confirmed as accelerating:
• flexible, renewable-based systems;
• regulatory frameworks to deliver the energy transition;
• network planning for wide scale electrification;
• regional interconnection
• a fair and inclusive energy transition
These objectives are to be delivered through dissemination workshops, bilateral and multilateral exchanges, bespoke technical assistance and knowledge products. 

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 regulatory structures.

Fair and inclusive energy
transition

Ensuring that equity is at the heart of energy transitions.

Participants.

Regulators

Australia

Australian Energy Regulator

Australia (Western)

Economic Regulation Authority

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

Dominica

Independent Regulatory Commission

Egypt

EgyptERA, Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency

France

CRE, Energy Regulatory Commission

Georgia

GNERC, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission

Great Britain

Ofgem

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

Mongolia

Energy Regulatory Commission

Morocco

ANRE, National Electricity Regulatory Authority

New Zealand

Commerce Commission

New Zealand

Electricity Authority

Norway

NVE-RME, Energy Regulatory Authority

Peru

Osinergmin, Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining

Saint Lucia

National Utilities Regulatory Commission

Singapore

Energy Market Authority

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 (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

ICER

International Confederation of Energy Regulators 

Partners.

Latest news

Highlights.

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.

October 26-28, 2022

Renewable Energy Investment Conference

RETA was presented at the Renewable Energy Investment Conference 26-28 October, organised by the Energy Regulators Regional Association and the Council of European Energy Regulators, and hosted by RETA Steering Committee member, the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission. More information can be found here.

Facilitating renewable investment is key for regulators to fulfill our goal of flexible, renewable based systems. The conference was a big step forward in deepening regulators’ knowledge, and learning from each others’ experiences.

September 8, 2022

Second RETA Steering Committee meeting

The secondmeeting of the RETA Steering Committee took place on 8 September and approved five flagship projects:

  • Small Island Developing States knowledge exchange
  • Principles for interconnectors
  • Decarbonisation in energy regulators’ decision making
  • Real time data bespoke assistance
  • RETA knowledge hub

July 21, 2022

Presentation of IRENA’s report “RE-organising Power Systems for the Transition” at ICER’s July workshop

RETA partnered with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators to provide a dissemination workshop on the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Reorganising Power Systems for the Transition report in July. IRENA’s report explores enablers and barriers to the transition, and proposes a new power system organisational structure, fit for the renewable era, that can support low-cost renewable generation and long-term investments in system adequacy, complemented by diverse and flexible generation options to ensure a reliable power system to support the energy transition.

June 21, 2022

Accelerating the energy transition through international collaboration

The first public event held under RETA “Accelerating the energy transition through international collaboration” took place on 21 June. It brought together Audrey Zibelman, Vice President of Tapestry, X’s Electric Grid Moonshot and Jonathan Brearley, CEO of Ofgem to discuss the regulatory gaps for energy transition. It was followed by a panel discussion gathering several energy regulation experts and practitioners from around the world.

Agenda can be found here.

Ms Audrey Zibelman’s presentation can be found here.

May 09, 2022

First meeting of RETA Steering Committee

RETA’s Steering Committee held its first virtual meeting on Monday, 9 May 2022. The Steering Committee is composed of energy regulators from Great Britain, Australia, California, Egypt, France, Georgia, Kenya, Peru, Saint Lucia, and Singapore, for two-year renewable terms, together with the International Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Agency and the World Bank. The Steering Committee, chaired by Jonathan Brearley, CEO of Ofgem, discussed and adopted the activities for the first year as well as RETA guidelines and rules defining its functioning.

The Steering Committee will meet at least twice a year. The date of the next meeting will be determined at a later stage.

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.

Upcoming events.

Date: 21-24 March, 2023

The World Forum on Energy Regulation

The World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER) is the leading international conference on energy regulation and is held every three years. It brings together key players in the energy industry, high-level decision-makers, academics, and regulators from around the world to engage in strategic energy discussions on different regulatory schemes. The Forum is held within the framework of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), a voluntary framework for cooperation among energy regulators, which aims to help improve the design and implementation of public policies in the energy sector by exchanging information and best practices.

This year’s edition, held in Peru and hosted by Osinergmin, will include a session organised by RETA. Further details will follow shortly.