Electricity price increase approved

Electricity price increase approved

  "The National energy regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved a 15.63 percent average price increase for municipalities which will be implemented on 1 July 2019," Eskom said. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is urging South Africans to keep paying their electricity but says government needs to control the price increases. Tariffs for water and refuse collection are also increasing in some municipalities.   Outa's Energy Portfolio Manager Ronald Chauke said without users paying for electricity and services, the operators will work at a loss and people will not be able to access the services.   Chauke said the government needs to do a better job.   -- source https://www.enca.com/news/water-and-electricity-rates-increase...
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Electricity pricing debunked

The amount paid by households for electricity in relation to what industry pays appears to spark as much debate as Eskom’s overall price application. Virtually every sphere of business and society made its voice heard through written and oral submissions during the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public participation process to evaluate Eskom’s price increases. At the public hearings, held in all nine provinces, debate centred on not only the price increase applied for, but also the need for an appropriate tariff structure. Questions are asked about how Eskom decides how much it should charge its customers, and whether there is justification for differentiation. There is, indeed, justification for differentiation, considering the country’s electricity pricing policy, to which Eskom adheres. Electricity tariffs are bundles of para- meters which Eskom applies to recover measured costs (such as energy consumed) and unmeasured costs (such as service costs). There are many ways to set elec- tricity prices. In Eskom’s case, tariff design is...
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Eskom’s new-look solar geyser rebate hinges on tariff approval

Funding for the increased rebate through Eskom’s solar water heater (SWH) programme will be derived from the electricity tariff, as is the case with all projects under the utility’s demand-side management (DSM) programme, the utility has confirmed. The Eskom SWH rebate is aimed at incentivising the roll-out of SWHs across the country, and is also aligned with the greater national solar water heating strategy of installing one-million SWHs by 2014, endorsed by the Department of Energy (DoE). The utility announced on January 13 that it would be increasing the rebates for purchasers of systems that were registered under Eskom’s solar water heating programme, and that the increases were in the order of double the previous subsidies. “We are confident that the regulatory support that we have had for our DSM programme over the last six years will continue,” Andrew Etzinger tells Engineering News, when explaining that the subsidy for consumers is derived from the electricity tariff, and that this subsidy could be adjusted from time...
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