The Commission is empowered by Section 5 (d) of the Energy Act to monitor, ensure implementation of, and the observance of the principles of fair competition in the energy sector, in coordination with other statutory authorities such as the Competition Authority of Kenya, Kenya Revenue Authority and the Capital Markets Authority among others. In addition, the Commission according to section (5b) protects the interests of consumers, investor, and other stakeholder interests. The department undertakes the following activities in ensuring regulatory compliance and fair competition as outlined under the sub sectors below;
Electricity and Renewable Energy Sub Sectors
- Reviewing Tariff Policy framework for transmission, generation and distribution. This provides utility company meet revenue requirements for sustainable operations
- Assess trading arrangements including Power Purchase Agreements and Network Service Contracts
- Monitoring compliance of approved tariffs, conducting stakeholder engagements to seek views on tariffs charged.
- Determination of Pass through costs by Economic Regulation ensures prudently incurred costs are passed on to the consumer.
- Economic regulation conducts monitoring and audit of generation Plants and transmission & distribution networks to ensure power sustainable and reliable supply of power.
Petroleum Sub Sector
- Publishing of Monthly Retail pricing of Petroleum Products (AGO, PMS & DPK) and the Wholesale and retail Margins, Economic Regulation through the commission ensures fair competition among the OMCs and consumer protection.
- Undertakes monitoring of compliance to the maximum set retail prices.
- Undertakes monitoring of Petroleum facilities in the downstream sectors. This include Pipeline and storage facilities