Electricity Regulatory Authority

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is a government agency that regulates, licenses, and supervises the generation, transmission, distribution, sale, export, and importation of electrical energy in Uganda.[1]

Electricity Regulatory Authority
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Agency overview
HeadquartersERA House
15 Shimon Road
Kampala, Uganda
Agency executives
Parent agencyUganda Ministry of Energy, Oil and Mineral Development


The offices of the ERA are located in the ERA House at 15 Shimoni Road, Nakasero, Kampala Central Division, in the country's capital city. The coordinates of ERA House are 0°19'20.0"N, 32°35'13.0"E (Latitude:0.322222; Longitude:32.586944).[2][3]


ERA was established in 2000, in accordance with the Electricity Act of 1999, as an agency of the Uganda Ministry of Energy, Oil and Mineral Development. This parastatal is governed by a five-member board, also known as the "Authority". The day-to-day affairs of the agency are supervised by the chief executive officer. Organizations and committees within the purview of the ERA include the Rural Electrification Board and the Electricity Consumer Committees.[4]


One of the responsibilities of the agency is the issuance of licenses to electricity wiremen/wirewomen in Uganda, who totaled nearly 2,000 as at November 2018. A member of the Authority also chairs a 5-person Installations Permit Committee, which s responsible for interviewing applicants for installation permits, processing of new permits, renewal of permits and undertaking disciplinary measures against permit holders who violate the terms and conditions of their permits.[5]


The authority is supervised by a board of directors, chaired by Richard Santo Apire.[6] The chief executive officer of the authority is Engineer Ziria Tibalwa Waako.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Musisi, Frederic (23 January 2014). "ERA Withdraws Licenses of Five Contractors Over Performance". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ Google (28 January 2016). "Location of Electricity Regulatory Authority Headquarters" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ Sanya, Samuel (22 October 2014). "ERA licenses 9 renewable energy projects". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (10 August 2011). "ERA To Tighten Umeme Targets". Kampala: New Vision. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  5. ^ The Independent Uganda (23 November 2018). "ERA puts contractors, wiremen at centre of Uganda's electricity needs". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  6. ^ The Observer Uganda (25 March 2020). "More Ugandans to get connected to the power grid for free". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  7. ^ Jeff Mbanga (17 October 2018). "ERA prepares to issue new accounting rules for energy projects". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 30 March 2020.

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Coordinates: 00°19′20″N 32°35′13″E / 0.32222°N 32.58694°E / 0.32222; 32.58694