Mid-September, public and private stakeholders from the electricity supply industry in Eswatini gathered in Mbabane to continue their preparations for a significant revision of the national grid codes. Hosted by GET.transform with support from the European Union Delegation to Eswatini, the comprehensive stakeholder engagement workshop saw the participation of key industry players including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy (MNRE), the Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA), the Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC), and members of the Grid Code Review Panel.
To enhance its security of energy supply, Eswatini has committed to fostering a liberalised energy market with a strong emphasis on increased local generation capacity and private sector participation in the Electricity Supply Industry. With also a growing number of customers installing embedded generators with a potential to export surplus electricity to the national grid, the grid code needs to be adapted to ensure the safe and dependable operation of the power system.
The updated grid code must provide clear rules for the integration of renewable energy sources and simultaneously help reduce regulatory and investor-related risks for those participating in the local power sector.
Following this two-day stakeholder engagement workshop, the delegates will now provide comments on the revised codes to Energynautics who conducted the workshop on behalf of GET.transform. Once the feedback has been incorporated into the code, a validation workshop will see the stakeholders come together for a final grid code review and training.