The Commission undertakes regulatory research and policy analysis in electricity, downstream petroleum and renewable energy sub sectors to ensure efficient and sustainable delivery of energy services. This function involves undertaking of research and innovation policies, providing such information and statistics to the Minister as he may from time to time require in accordance with section 5 (e) of the Energy Act, 2006 and collection and maintenance of energy data as provided in Section 5 (f) of the Energy Act, 2006. The aim is to ensure informed decision making in the energy sector as well as innovation  that will ensure efficient and sustainable service delivery. The Commission performs this function through:

Coordinating Preparation of Cost of Service Studies

In order to ensure objective review, adjusting electric power tariffs and tariff structures, and investigate tariff charges, and petroleum pump pricing, the Commission co-ordinates preparation of cost of service studies for electricity and petroleum sub sectors in Kenya, as well as other energy cost related studies.

  • Cost of Service Study for the Electricity Sub Sector
  • Cost of Service for Petroleum Products Supply Chain
  • Time of use Tariffs to Promote Commercial and Industrial Growth in Kenya
  • Option for a Local Currency Power Purchase Agreement in Kenya

Undertaking Analytical Research and Policy Analysis

The department undertakes analytical research and coordinates development of policy and policy analysis. Under this function, the department has coordinated preparation of the following studies in recent times:

  • Modeling Energy Transition in Kenya
  • Strategies and Implementation Matrix to Improve Access of LPG in Kenya
  • The impact of Oil Price Volatility on the Kenyan Economy
  • The energy consumption patterns studies

Generation of Data, Statistics and Information in the Energy Sector

The department coordinates generation of data, statistics and information on the energy sector in line with Section 5 (e) and 5 (f) of the Energy Act, 2006. Some of the key outputs and information include:

  • Annual Energy Balance Matrix for Kenya
  • ERC Quarterly Energy Statistical Bulletin
  • ERC Annual Quarterly statistical bulletins