ENERGY SECTOR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
The Abu Dhabi Energy Sector is governed by the following Laws:
- Law No. 11 of 2018 concerning the establishment of the Department of Energy;
- Law No. 17 of 2005 concerning the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (as amended by Law No. 18 of 2007, Law No. 12 of 2008, and Law No. 12 of 2009, among others);
- Law No. 2 of 1998 concerning the regulation of the water and electricity sector (as amended by Law No. 19 of 2007 and Law No. 9 of 2009, among others).
The Energy Sector is defined in Law No. 11 as including all activities, businesses, and services relating to the following:
- The production, processing, storage, transmission, distribution, supply, sale, and purchase of gas, petroleum, and their by-products.
- The generation, storage, transmission, distribution, supply, sale, and purchase of electricity of all types (from clean, renewable, and conventional sources).
- The production, treatment, desalination, storage, transmission, distribution, supply, sale, and purchase of water.
- The collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater and wastes, as well as the recycling of the by-products of wastewater treatment.
- The production, storage, distribution, and supply of cooling liquids for central cooling usages.
Department of Energy
Law No. 11 sets out the responsibilities of the Department of Energy, and these responsibilities include the following:
- Proposing strategic and executive plans for the Energy Sector and supervising their execution.
- Monitoring and supervising all affiliate entities, with respect to disbursement from their budgets, revenues, compliance with their duties and responsibilities, and approving their strategic and executive plans.
- Regulating all aspects of the Energy Sector through developing policies, codes, standards, rules, resolutions and executive and operating circulars.
- Monitoring and supervising the Energy Sector as per the related legislations, agreements, and treaties applicable locally and internationally in the Sector, and in coordination with the concerned entities inside and outside the UAE.
- Licensing all authorities, entities, companies, and personnel working in the Energy Sector and monitoring their compliance with providing services of optimal quality as per the applicable legislation and in coordination with the concerned entities.
- Proposing fees, tariffs, and prices related to its authorities and submitting the same to the Executive Council for approval, as per the applicable systems.
- Submitting periodic reports and analytical studies to the Executive Council with respect to the Department’s authorities.
- Encouraging investment and partnership with the Private Sector for projects relating to the Department’s authorities in coordination with the concerned entities.
- Representing the Energy Sector within and outside the UAE.
- Promoting energy and water efficiency initiatives and programs.
- Developing, regulating, and supervising technical, safety, and customer care standards.
- Monitoring the compliance of the Energy Sector (in coordination with relevant entities within Abu Dhabi and outside the Emirate).
- Coordinating with all relevant stakeholders in connection with matters affecting the Energy Sector.
- Other authorities or tasks assigned to the Department by the Executive Council.