Power market coupling: towards harmonised electricity policies in the East African Community

Geoffrey A. Mabea, Pontian N. Okoli (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The ambitious plans of the East African Community (EAC) to provide adequate electricity in the region have continued to generate substantial interest among experts in academia, industry and government. The communal efforts to realise such targets are predicated on individual capacities and cooperative endeavour. This article focuses on a legal assessment of the EAC energy market coupling with a special emphasis on examining whether a harmonised approach is possible from two perspectives: first, practical industry concerns and, second, the legal framework within which those concerns should be addressed. This article argues that there is strong potential for a harmonised approach supported by legal convergence. One important index of success in this area would be the promotion and protection of foreign investment to ensure enough electricity supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-366
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
Issue number4
Early online date22 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • commercial dispute resolution
  • East African Community
  • energy security
  • foreign investment
  • harmonisation
  • power market coupling
  • privatisation
  • regional integration
  • variable geometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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