TERMS OF REFERENCE
PIESA REVENUE PROTECTION ADVISORY GROUP (“PRPAG”)
a. PIESA Vision
PIESA’s Vision is to be the catalyst for sustainable regional technological cooperation in expanding the Electricity Distribution Industry and stimulating the electrification for regional growth and development.
b. PIESA Principal Objectives
To stimulate the electrification of the region by:
1. Broadening membership - participation from all regional electricity distributors and supporting industries
2. Maintaining a centralised integrated information system for technology related to the distribution of electricity
3. Developing mechanisms for the continuous capture of experiences of members to improve efficiencies (feedback loop)
4. Encouraging the use of local resources and the manufacture of equipment for use in the distribution industry
5. Optimising and harmonising technical equipment specifications and codes of practice for the regional environment
6. Promoting applied research in areas that are relevant for the effective performance of the members
7. Developing a culture of technology transfer and skills development among members
8. Developing strategic alliances and partnerships in research, industry and manufacture and other similar organisations
9. Compilation of standards and guidelines with the objective of minimising the impact on the natural environment
10. Being flexible to the needs of an evolving Electricity Distribution Industry
11. Facilitating dialogue relating to the Electricity Distribution Industry
12. Promoting energy efficiency
13. Operating, maintaining upgrading and refurbishment of assets cost effectively.
14. Promoting occupational health and safety.
c. General TOR for all PIESA Advisory Groups
1. PIESA Advisory Groups are to function as forums where members and technology partners can meet and discuss pertinent issues and agree on regional strategies and actions.
2. Each Advisory Group will have a Chairperson to act as the convener, and be responsible, in conjunction with the PIESA Secretariat to call the meetings and set the agenda.
3. A Deputy Chair is to provide continuity in the event of absence of the Chair from a meeting and a Secretary to provide an administration service for the Advisory Group such as agenda and minutes of meetings.
4. Each Advisory Group will also have a ‘sponsor member’ who will have a particular interest in the terms of reference of the particular Advisory Committee.
5. This ‘Sponsor’ shall be a member of the PIESA Board, and will be responsible to liaise between the Board and the Advisory Group and convey specific requests for agenda items from the board.
6. Pursuant to giving effect to the above four advisory groups have been established as follows:
c. Revenue Protection (Non-technical loss reduction)
d. Environmental and Safety management
7. The participants are mandated by their corresponding utilities and a chairman is appointed to each Advisory Committees by the PIESA Board.
8. The Advisory Committees may refer strategies and executable projects to any or all of the four advisory groups services secretariats
9. Information flow and committee administration conducted by an operations manager situated in the general administration secretariat.
10. In particular, terms of reference for the Advisory Committees would be to inter alia :
a. Meet on a regular basis,
b. Identify pertinent subjects,
c. Debate and exchange information,
d. Network with each other,
e. Develop regional plans, strategies and initiatives,
f. Share experiences and best practices
d. The mandate of the PIESA Revenue Protection Advisory Group (“PRPAG”)
1. The PRPAG has a mandate to assist for and on behalf of PIESA in ensuring the secure and sustainable provision of electrical energy in the PIESA member countries for socioeconomic development through the effective and efficient rollout of revenue protection, revenue enhancement and the reduction of non-technical losses programmes or projects.
2. The mandate will be executed according to and being cognisant at all times PIESA’s stated vison and principal objectives
3. The outputs in the execution of PRPAG’s mandate will be primarily on an advisory basis to the PIESA leadership
e. TOR for the PIESA Revenue Protection Electrification Advisory Group (“PRPAG”)
1. The activities, deliberations, etc. of the PRPAG shall align to the aforementioned PIESA vision and principal objects
2. Focus on relevant programmes, projects, etc that will increase protect existing revenue, enhance revenue streams and significantly reduce non-technical losses
3. Revenue protection, revenue enhancement and non-technical losses policies, regulations and procedures setting and/or recommendations
4. Revenue protection and revenue enhancement programme and/or project management
5. Investigate innovative trends, and engage regional and international experts on the subject of enhancing revenue streams, revenue protection and reducing non-technical losses that will result in the effective rollout of electrification programmes
6. The upskilling, training, development and mentoring of human resources that will be necessary to ensure the availability of skilled, qualified, experienced an competent personnel to successfully execute the various revenue enhancement and revenue protection related projects
7. Evolving business models to facilitate and/or enhance the effective and efficient rollout various revenue enhancement and revenue protection related projects
8. Facilitate appropriate and/or relevant collaborative or cooperation partnerships or relations with other stakeholders with respect to the PRPAG mandate
9. Facilitate and/or conduct industry or sector scans in the context of executing on the PRPAG’s mandate
f. Key performance areas for the PRPAG
1. Meet at least twice per year.
2. Annually conduct at least two case studies
3. Endeavour to produce at least two revenue protection guideline documents.
g. PRPAG members or participants
1. At least one representative from each of the PIESA member countries and PIESA affiliates
2. The governance structure of the advisory group shall consist of the following:
iii. Deputy Chairman/Convener