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Plans are on stream for the commissioning of the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority ECERA by January 2017.

The conclusion comes out of a meeting held earlier this month with representative from ECERA members in St Lucia and Grenada.

Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy & Labour, Stephenson King led a delegation to the Ministerial Dialogue and 14th Meeting of the Regional Energy Committee in Grenada. The Grenada delegation was led by Minister for Communications, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities and ICT, Gregory Bowen.

The Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority Project was officially launched in Grenada on November 7, 2013.  The Governments that formed the ECERA expressed concern regarding the viability of a regional energy regulator with just two countries.  Saint Lucia and Grenada, therefore, concluded in 2015 that the original design for ECERA as a Regional Regulatory Authority did not take account of the peculiarities of the energy industry and the unique characteristics of the electric utilities within the OECS.  

As a result, in January 2016 the ECERA Participating Countries adjusted the project to advance the establishment of national energy regulatory entities  that would have direct regulatory oversight of the industry. 
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