Rural Energy Agency (REA) is an autonomous body under the
Ministry of Energy and Minerals of the United Republic of Tanzania. Its main role is to promote and facilitate improved access to modern energy services in rural areas of Mainland Tanzania. REA became operational in October 2007.
Integrity: We treat our customers and other stakeholders
fairly and with courtesy. We are ethical in the course of discharging our duties
and uphold confidentiality.
Honesty: We are determined to treat customers honestly. We
build value-added relationship with customers and stakeholders.
The majority of rural Tanzanians have no access to modern energy services. The government maintains that rural Tanzania cannot be transformed into a modern economy, and that rural Tanzanians’ livelihoods cannot be improved significantly without a dramatic improvement in their access to modern energy services.
The National Energy Policy 2003 sets national energy objectives to ensure availability of reliable and affordable energy supplies, and to promote efficient energy use in order to support national development goals. The policy recognizes that, the main thrust has to be based on private initiatives and investments for exploitation of local energy sources. The policy sets an entirely new approach to modern energy in rural areas of Tanzania and the government has committed itself to develop and implement the new strategy to address modern energy needs of over 85% of Tanzanians living in rural areas.
An improved energy supply in the rural areas through public and private sector participation, will contribute significantly in improvement of the livelihoods of the rural population and the attainment of sustainable economic growth. For these reasons, the Rural Energy Board (REB), the Rural Energy Agency (REA), and the Rural Energy Fund (REF) were established and entrusted with the role of promoting, stimulating and facilitating improved access to modern energy services in rural areas through empowering both public and private sector initiatives in rural energy.
The purpose of REA is to promote and facilitate rural energy development by
working in partnership and collaboration with private sector, Non Governmental
Organizations, Community Based Organizations, and Government agencies. The main
functions of REA are the following.
REA derives its powers from The Rural Energy Act no.8 of 2005. Being an
autonomous body, REA’s powers also emanate from sector legislations: In terms of
principal legislation in the electricity sector, it derives its powers from the
Electricity Act, 2008; and in the petroleum sector, from the Petroleum Supply
Act, 2008. As for regulatory framework, REA works closely with multi-sectoral
regulatory authority, EWURA which is
responsible for technical and economic regulation of the energy and water
sectors in Tanzania.