Policy and Planning

BACKGROUND

The Ministry consists of three technical Departments namely, Power Development Department, Petroleum Department and Energy Conservation and Renewable Department. However, realizing that the organizational structure did not cater for cross-cutting issues which needed coordination, the Policy and Planning Department was established in 2006. Its major function is to spearhead policy, planning and implementation. The Department is expected to strengthen the Ministry’s planning and coordination of all energy sub-sector activities. It is against this background that the following functions form the nucleus of the Policy and Planning Department:

ENERGY PLANNING

The purpose of the Policy and Planning Department's planning team is to manage energy information, energy development and integrated energy planning. The department is mandated to collect and publish data and statistics for energy stakeholders. Relevant stakeholders are national, provincial and local government; communities and the public; the energy industry; research institutions and NGOs; international organisations, and donors.

ENERGY INFORMATION AND PUBLICATION

The purpose of the Energy Information and Publication is to manage an energy information database. This involves the collection of data for energy balances and energy forecasts and the subsequent publication and dissemination of data through the energy bulletin. This also includes monitoring and maintaining an accurate and up to date energy information management system; and providing information support. The Ministry through the department produces a set of energy balances on different energy carriers (e.g. coal, biomass, petroleum products, electricity, hydro).

MISSION

To research and plan integrated energy issues, manage and coordinate cross – cutting issues in the energy sector

OVERALL FUNCTIONS

  • Formulate / review the National Energy Policy in close cooperation with all major stakeholders in the energy industry;
  • Prepare National Integrated Energy Plans;
  • Prepare and update an Energy Information Database;
  • Publish the Energy Bulletin and Statistics;
  • Carry out energy demand forecasts for purposes of future planning;
  • Carryout macro/micro-economic impact analysis of various energy policies/projects/programs/prices on the economy; and
  • Co-ordinate and liase local, regional and international programs

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