In Energy sector, RURA has the mandate to regulate four sub-sectors namely, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Gas and Downstream petroleum, with an overall mission to ensure sufficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supply fairly to all consumers. The main regulatory activities include among other things, to establish regulatory tools, advise the government on policies related to the energy sector, dispute and complaints handling, licensing, tariff setting, and monitoring of operations and infrastructure of the licensees to ensure the network reliability and the quality of services delivered.
It is targeted to achieve, by 2024, the electricity universal access, 1% of yearly electricity losses reduction, increase and decrease use of modern cooking means and traditional cooking means respectively, and increase the petroleum strategic reserves. In line with the vision of the country in energy sector, the period under review recorded significant improvements with regard to energy access countrywide and the national power network reliability.
In electricity and Renewable Energy sub-sector; new full Electricity Generation Licenses were issued to five different power plants with an aggregated capacity of 6.6 MW. In the framework to improve the safety of electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial premises, the Regulatory Authority has in total issued 45 electrical installations permits to both companies and individuals practicing electrical activities. The number of customers accessing electricity has much grown, which increased the electricity access rate from 36.5% recorded by end of 2016/2017 to 46.5% as of June 2018. The national installed capacity for the national grid has slightly increased from 208.3 MW to 208.68 MW, and the network losses have reduced from 21% to 19.92%.
In Gas and Downstream Petroleum sub-sector, progress was made in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) market where 9 LPG business licenses (importation, transportation, storage, distribution, wholesale, and retail), 3 wholesale licenses, 2 importation licenses, 2 plant operation licenses, 3 cylinders’ transportation licenses, and 1 authorization of plant upgrade were issued to LPG operators. LPG imports increased from approximately 5 million kg to 10 million kg according to RRA statistics. The Regulatory Authority issued 23 installations licenses of new petrol service station projects and one retail license. Rwandan Fuel capacity (Diesel, Gasoline, Kerosene and Jet A-1) has increased from 74, 225 to 84,225 m3.
New regulations for the LPG sub-sector were adopted in January 10th, 2018, and the operators have started to implement new requirements, such as legal refilling, licensing regimes, compliance to standards, etc. the Amended regulations on petrol service station were adopted by the Regulatory Board in September 4th, 2017.