The Authority for Electricity Regulation Organizes Energy Auditing Training Program
In line with its commitment to increase energy efficiency in the Sultanate, the Authority for Electricity Regulation is organizing a Certified Energy Auditing training program for Omani nationals in the energy auditing field. The two-week session aim to qualify trainees to be part of the forthcoming program for the establishment of the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) mandated to check and audit government buildings in regards to their energy use and consumption. The sessions are provided by the Association of Energy Engineer (AEE), an American nonprofit professional society.
The Authority officially announced the Energy Auditing Training Program in June 2018. It received a total of 600 applications, screened to 128 qualifying applicants. The AEE (training provider) were asked to further examine the applications and select candidates who met their specific requirements with a total of 78 candidates ultimately passing the final selection stage. These candidates were then contacted by the Authority, which carried out a phone interview in order to shortlist the final 50 applicants to take part in the Authority’s energy audit training program.
Authority for Electricity Regulation
The Authority for Electricity Regulation is responsible for regulating the electricity sector and some aspects of the water sector. It was established by Article (19) of The Law for the Regulation and Privatisation of the Electricity and Related Water Sector promulgated by Royal Decree 78/2004 on 1 August 2004 and Amended by Royal Decree 59/2009 and 47/2013 (”'the Sector Law"). The Authority is a financially and administratively independent organisation. Thus, the budget is independently financed from the Government, and reporting is directly to the Council of Ministers.