Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC)

 

Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) is a governmental body that possesses a legal personality with financial and administrative autonomy. It may, in such a capacity, acquire movable properties necessary to achieve its goals, and to perform all legal acts, including entering into contracts.

It further has the right to litigate, whereby the Civil Attorney General acts on its behalf in legal proceedings. EMRC is considered the legal successor of the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC), the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) and the Natural Resources Authority (NRA) in relation to its regulatory tasks pursuant to law No. (17) of the year 2014 on Restructuring of Governmental Institutions and Organizations.

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners/CEO represents it before third parties. It consists of the Board and the Executive Body. The commission shall be related to the Prime Minister.

EMRC aims at achieving the following:
• Regulating the sector on the basis of balance between the interests of the consumers, licensees, investors and any other relevant parties.
• Attending to the interest of electricity consumers, provided the compliance thereof with the conditions on provision of service as issued by the licensees and approved by EMRC.
• Maintaining an active structure for the sector and developing the same in a manner that contributes to and promotes its economic feasibility enhancing the efficiency thereof.
• Ensuring security of supply, sustainable, durable and of high quality services.
• Ensuring the compliance of enterprises operating in the sector with the standards of environmental protection instructions, laws and the general safety conditions applicable in the Kingdom pursuant to the legislations in effect.
• Ensuring that the conditions and requirements of general safety, radiation protection, and nuclear safety and security are in place.
• Working on protecting the environment and human health and properties from the risks of contamination and exposure to ionized radiations.
• Ensuring the provision of necessary services by the licensees to consumers in an adequate manner.

EMRC Duties:
In achieving the goals thereof, EMRC assumes the duties and powers hereunder:
• Granting permits and licenses to persons operating in the sector.
• Verifying the compliance of permittees and licensees with the application of the provisions of the laws, regulations and issued related instructions.
• Monitoring the permittees and licensees with a view to ensure the compliance thereof with the provisions of the laws and the permits and licenses granted thereto, for which purpose it may make inspections to any entity or any other body.
• Determining the electric tariffs, subscription fees, service charges, deposits and cost of service connection with the electric transmission and distribution systems.
• Determining the fees, service charges, deposits and any other costs related to the sector.
• Participating in developing the technical standard specifications related to the sector appliances’ and facilities in consultation with other stakeholders in order to issue the same by Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization.
• Participating with relevant parties in setting the requirements for implementing the environmental conditions to be available in entities and facilities of the sector in accordance with the legislation in effect.
• Building an integrated information system in the sector.
• Regulating the relationships between Jordanian entities and institutions concerned with radiation protection and nuclear safety on one hand, and between them and the international, regional, Arab and local organizations and institutions on the other hand.
• Applying comprehensive nuclear safeguards and creating an inventory system to control all nuclear materials subject to such safeguards.

The Commission is responsible for regulating and monitoring the energy sector, natural resources, minerals, radio and nuclear work in the Kingdom; including petroleum, petroleum products, oil shale, coal, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biofuels, generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity, renewable energy, radiation protection, safety and nuclear security.