The Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) is a voluntary organization comprising of independent energy regulatory bodies primarily from Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the United States of America.
ERRA began as a cooperative exchange among 12 energy regulatory bodies. The U.S. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), provided technical forums, meetings and study tours for the energy regulators of the above region from 1999-2008. During these meetings, the participants expressed the need for an association similar to NARUC that could offer a more formal platform for exchanging experiences and ideas to better learn from each other’s experiences. In 1999, an ad-hoc Steering Committee began development of the structural and operational elements of the future association, including its purpose and objectives. In December 2000, a Constitution was signed by 15 members that established the ERRA in Bucharest. USAID’s long-term support ensured that ERRA developed into an internationally-recognized association that achieved operational, financial and programmatic sustainability.
To date ERRA lists 30 Full and 6 Associate Members. The Association was legally registered in Hungary in April 2001 and its Secretariat operates in Budapest.
ERRA was established and institutionalized with financial support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1999-2008.
The Association’s main objective is to increase exchange of information and experience among its members and to expand access to energy regulatory experience around the world.
The Founding Members identified the purpose of ERRA as follows:
- to improve national energy regulation in member countries,
- to foster development of stable energy regulators with autonomy and authority and to improve cooperation among energy regulators.
- In addition, the Association strives to increase communication and the exchange of information, research and experience among members and increase access to energy regulatory information and experience around the world and promote opportunities for training.