Power price determination relatively fair – MPs

Engineering News 28 March 2013.

MPs are cautiously optimistic about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) determination of electricity tariffs, Parliament’s energy portfolio committee chairperson Sisa Njikelana said on Wednesday.

“It’s worth looking at with a smile. I caution and qualify my response because we still have to get Eskom to respond to it,” Njikelana said after Nersa briefed the committee on the power price determination process.

Nersa assured the committee that Eskom would not be bankrupted by the decision to increase electricity tariffs by 8% over the next five years…



Electricity tariff decision expected on Thursday

Mail and Guardian 25 February 2013.

A decision on Eskom’s proposed new electricity prices will be announced on Thursday, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa has said.

It would do so by way of a news briefing in Pretoria, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) said on Monday.

Eskom has asked for a 16% increase in electricity prices in each of the next five years, which will more than double the price, taking it from 61 cents a kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2012/13, to 128 cents a kWh in 2017/18…


Civil Society Groups Help Make Electricity Affordable and Sustainable

EGI and WRI Sarah Lupberger 25 February 2013.

Worldwide, one out of every five people lacks access to modern electricity. Affordability, quality of service, and social and environmental impacts pose great challenges in providing people with the power they need for lighting, cooking, and other activities. Good governance involving open and inclusive practices is essential to overcoming these pressing obstacles.
Click here to read the full story, “Civil Society Groups Help Make Electricity Affordable and Sustainable”. This blog post is part one of a four-part series, “Improving Electricity Governance,” which explores the key components involved in making electricity decision-making more open, inclusive, and fair.
The series draws on the experiences of WRI’s Electricity Governance Initiative, which are documented in a new report, “Shining a Light on Electricity Governance.”

EGI South Africa strengthens the public voice at South African Tariff Hearings

Electricity Governance Initiative Sarah Lupberger 22 February 2013.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (NERSA’s) held its first hearing in Cape Town on January 15th, 2013 to discuss a tariff proposal by Eskom (the South African electricity public utility) that would double electricity tariffs over the next five years.

EGI South Africa Highlights Governance Issues

Despite the severe time constraints leading up to the meeting, a number of EGI South Africa partners made submissions in November 2012 that highlighted a number of issues with the proposal, as well as participated in the hearings. NERSA will consider these views in order to make a decision, which is scheduled to be published in March…


PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ESKOM’S APPLICATION FOR THE MYPD3 – Deadline for registration 4 January 2013

NERSA 13 December 2012.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) today announced their plan (dates and
venues) to conduct public hearings on Eskom’s application for the third Multi-Year Price Determination

Eskom has applied for an average price increase of 16% for each of the five years of the MYPD3 from
2013/14 to 2017/18.

The public hearings will be conducted in all provinces from 15 to 31 January 2013. This is in line with NERSA’s commitment to being transparent and broadening public participation in its decision-making process.

The public hearings venues and dates can be seen here (look for MYPD3 on the side menu).


Energy efficiency and decentralised energy generation could negatively impact municipal revenue

Urban Earth 28 November 2012.

The City of Cape Town could experience total electricity revenue losses of up to 4.5% in the next ten years if energy efficiency measures and distributed renewable energy interventions are implemented at expected rates according to recent research released by Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA).

While the total revenue losses may not sound significant the net revenue losses (after deducting bulk electricity expenses) are predicted to be in the region of 22% says Andrew Janisch a project manager with SEA.  At this level of loss “it is probably not tenable for electricity departments to function” says Janisch.  In addition a portion of electricity revenue in most municipalities is used in the general coffers and these funds “are needed for the entire municipality to function and deliver services to the most needy” explains Janisch…

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Prospering in the current regulatory environment in Africa

SAAEA 29 November 2012.

According to Go Legal, the two topics that have most preoccupied international investors in South Africa from a legal point of view are tax and human resources. Although these continue to enjoy priority, a third factor has entered the scenario: the importance of a healthy respect for the environment. South Africa’s current environmental regulatory regime is rigorous, ubiquitous and robustly enforced.

Prior to 1994, environmental regulation was limited in scope and applicable mainly to players in high-impact industries such as mining and energy. The environmental net that has since been cast under the flagship Environmental Management Act is far deeper and wider.

With private sector participation in the power sector still fairly new and regulators and energy departments still finding their way in the commercial market, those in the African power sector must find ways to prosper in the current regulatory environment and constantly be aware of opportunities throughout the region.

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