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Energy Regulatory Authority Act (Chapter 13:23) Act 3/2011
Parliament of Zimbabwe
Act No. 3 of 2011
Gazetted on 10th June 2011.
Commencement: 22nd September 2011 [fixed by Statutory Instrument 111A/2011]

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To provide for the establishment of the Energy Regulatory Authority; to provide for its functions and management; to amend the Electricity Act [Chapter 13:19] (Act No. 4 of 2002) and the Petroleum Act [Chapter 13:22] (Act No. 11 of 2006); to provide for the establishment of an energy regulatory authority and board thereof; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.

ENACTED by the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.



1 Short title and date of commencement

(1) This Act may be cited as the Energy Regulatory Authority Act [Chapter 13:22].
(2) This Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by the President by statutory instrument

2 Interpretation

In this Act-

"Authority" means the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority established by section 3;

"Board" means the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority Board established by section 5;

"Chief Executive Officer" means the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority appointed in terms of section 26;

"COMESA" means the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa established by the Treaty for the establishment of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa states, concluded at Kampala on the 8th November 1993, and in force from the 8th December, 1994, and includes any successor to COMESA;

"consumer" means a consumer of energy services whether provided by a licensee or otherwise;

"energy industry" means the persons in Zimbabwe who, in the private or public sphere, are concerned with the generation, procurement, distribution, transportation, transmission and production of energy to consumers thereof;

"energy law" means ¾

(a) the Electricity Act [Chapter 13:19] (Act No. 4 of 2002);

(b) the Petroleum Act[ Chapter 13:22] (Act No. 11 of 2006);

(c) such other enactment as the Minister may by notice in a statutory instrument prescribe;

"energy source" means any source of renewable or non renewable energy;

"fixed date" means the date fixed in terms of section 2(1) as the date of commencement of this Act "licensee" means a person who has been licensed in terms of an energy law or in terms of Part III, as the case may be;

"prescribed" means prescribed in terms of section 7(3);

"recognised international standards" means any regional or international standards embodied in any regional or international agreement to which Zimbabwe is a party;

"renewable energy" means energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, geothermal heat, plants and biomass which are naturally replenished, and in particular includes any renewable fossil fuel, and "renewable energy source" shall be construed accordingly;

"SADC" means Southern African Development Community established by the treaty for the establishment of the Southern African Development Community, concluded at Windhoek on the 17th August, 1992.

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