New legislation required to modernize electricity sector, says minister

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AMMAN — New legislation that keeps pace with developments in the electricity sector is required at the current stage, said Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh. اضافة اعلان

This legislation, he added, has to be then endorsed within the approved constitutional channels, to meet requirements of Economic Modernization Vision initiatives for 2023, reported the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Presiding over Energy Partnership Council meeting on Thursday, Kharabsheh affirmed the ministry's commitment to revisiting the legislation governing the energy sector's operations, on an ongoing basis, to keep pace with the best international practices in this industry.

Amendments to Electricity Law discussed
The council's members discussed the key amendments to the Electricity Law No. (64) of 2002 and their validating reasons, according to an energy ministry statement.

Kharabsheh also stressed the importance of partnership councils to launch joint cooperation to revamp the sector-governing laws, especially updating and developing related legislation, primarily revisiting Electricity Law No. (64) of 2002 and its amendments.

New laws to be developed
The minister indicated that the next stage will witness the development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Law, No. (13) of 2012 and its amendments.

For her part, Yara Akash, the Ministry's Legal Affairs Director, said these amendments aim to define its tasks and powers in drawing up the general policy for Jordan's electricity sector and related procedures.

Akash added that the new regulation also seeks to keep pace with global best practices in this sector.

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