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Chapter 13:19

Electricity Act

Act 4/2002, 3/2003, 6/2005 (s. 20), 12/2007).

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

PRELIMINARY Section

  1. Short title and date of commencement.

PART II

ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF ELECTRICITYCOMMISSION

  1. Establishment of Commission.
  2. Objects and functions of Commission.

PART III

ELECTRICITYREGULATORYCOMMISSION

  1. Terms of office and conditions of service of Commissioners.
  2. Disqualifications for appointment as Commissioner.
  3. Vacation of office by Commissioner.
  4. Dismissal or suspension of Commissioners.
  5. Filling of vacancies on Commission.
  6. Chairman and vice-chairman of Commission.
  7. Meetings and procedure of Commission.
  8. Remuneration and expenses of Commissioners.
  9. Commissioners to disclose certain connections and interests.
  10. Validity of decisions and acts of Commission.
  11. Proceedings of Commission.
  12. Decisions and orders of Commission to be in writing.
  13. Commission to give notice to interested parties.

19,   Commission to consult experts on technical questions.

PART IV

HEARINGS BYCOMMISSION

  1. Hearings by Commission.
  2. Questions of law may be referred to High Court.
  3. Powers of Commission to summon witnesses and to take evidence at hearings.
  4. Penalty for witness failing to attend hearing or give evidence or produce documents.
  5. Penalty for giving false evidence at hearing.

PART V

FINANCIALPROVISIONS

  1. Annual programmes and budgets of Commission.
  2. Funds of Commission.
  3. Surplus funds of Commission to be appropriated to Rural Electrification Fund.
  4. Financial year of Commission.
  5. Accounts of Commission.
  6. Audit of Commission’s accounts.
  7. Powers of auditors.

PART VI

LEVIES

  1. Imposition of levies.
  2. Withdrawal, suspension or increase of levies.
  3. Recovery of unpaid levies.

PART VII

MISCELLANEOUSPROVISIONS RELATING TO COMMISSION

  1. Minister may give policy directions
  2. Execution of contracts and instruments by Commission.
  3. Reports of Commission.
  4. Staff of Commission.
  5. Exemption from liability for Commission.

PART VIII

LICENCES

  1. Licensing requirements.
  2. General duties of licensees.
  3. Generation licence.
  4. Transmission and bulk supply licences.
  5. Distribution and retail supply licences.
  6. Restrictions on licensees.
  7. Licence applications.
  8. Terms and conditions of licences.
  9. Renewal of licences.
  10. Amendment of licences.
  11. Enforcement of licences.
  12. Cancellation of licences.
  13. Pricing methodology and accounting procedures.
  14. Electricity tariffs and prices.
  15. Special provisions relating to transmission and distribution licensees.
  16. Use of certain conduits for electricity purposes.
  17. Notice of construction of railways and telecommunication works and control of other works.

PART IX

CONSUMER PROTECTION AND LICENCEEPERFORMANCESTANDARDS

  1. Consumer protection standards
  2. Performance standards and codes

PART X

COMPETITIONAND MARKET POWER 59. Regulated services: competition and market power.

PART XI

OFFENCES

  1. False statements and declarations.

60A. Offences in relation to electric current and apparatus.

PART XII

GENERAL

  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Disclosure of confidential information and use of information acquired by inspectors, etc., for personal gain.

PART XIII

TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, REPEALSAND SAVINGS

  1. Interpretation of Part XIII
  2. Formation of successor companies
  3. Initial and future shareholding in successor companies.
  4. Transfer of assets and liabilities of Authority to successor companies
  5. Issue of securities in consideration for transfer of assets
  6. Conversion of loans transferred to successor companies.
  7. Transfer of employees to successor companies and conditions of service of transferred employees
  8. Minister may give directions to Authority
  9. Successor companies deemed to be licensed 76. Repeal of Cap 13:05
  10. Savings and transitional provisions.

SCHEDULES

First Schedule : Ancillary powers of Commission.

Second Schedule : Rights, powers and duties of transmission or distribution licensees.

To provide for the establishment of the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission; to provide for its functions and management; to provide for the licensing and regulation of the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; to provide for the repeal of the Electricity Act [Chapter 13:05] and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.

[Date of commencement: 1st August, 2003.]

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