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Regulatory Commission Bill Arouses Suspicion - International Law Office

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Energy & Natural Resources - Bangladesh

Regulatory Commission Bill Arouses Suspicion

March 31 2003

The Energy Regulatory Commission Bill 2003 proposes the formation of an independent energy regulatory commission. While the government claims that the bill is a revolutionary step in reforming the energy sector, the opposition Awami League suspects a gas export plan.

The proposed commission will be the energy sector's independent regulatory body and will comprise a chairperson, to be appointed at the ministry's suggestion, and four members.

The commission will be authorized to:

  • issue licences for power generation, energy transmission, supply and marketing, and energy stocking;
  • renew, seize and amend any licence;
  • impose penalties for violations of licence terms and conditions;
  • set gas and energy tariffs;
  • introduce codes and standards to ensure quality of energy and gas; and
  • advise the government on gas and energy issues as necessary.

For further information on this topic please contact Azarul Haque at Legal Remedy by telephone (+880 2 955 0645) or by fax (+880 2 955 0645) or by email (legal@e-fsbd.net).

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