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Business Day: Eskom must come clean on coal, groups tell Nersa hearings

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Business Day has reported on the Nersa hearing.

Eskom was sharply criticised at National Energy Regulator (Nersa) subcommittee hearings for trying to keep some of its operating data secret.

This especially related to the utility’s coal costs that were overshadowed by its dealings with the Gupta family.

The castigation comes amid widespread criticism of the parastatal for recently submitting a one-year revenue application for 2018-19 that seeks permission from Nersa to deviate from the multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology and minimum information requirements used for tariff applications.

The utility is again pleading that it is short of money.

“Eskom has put forward the best information we have,” Calib Cassim, Eskom GM for financial planning and economic regulation, said.

But he also said the utility’s systems were unable to provide disaggregated financial data related to coal purchasing, handling and other costs at the level of each of its power stations.

Read the full article here.

Electricity Tariff Changes In 3 Major Municipalities

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Electricity tariffs for homeowners escalate on 1 July each year. To help you plan for tariff upturn, we had a look at the planned increases in the country’s biggest municipalities to see what we’re all in for.

Over the last two months, most municipalities throughout SA released their planned electricity tariff increases for 2017/2018. These are currently being reviewed by NERSA. If approved, new tariffs will take effect from 1 July 2017.

We reviewed the planned increases for the three largest municipalities where we operate so that you know what impact you’re likely to experience.


How tariff increases work

Municipalities use an inclining block tariff regulator for home users. This means that your electricity becomes more expensive the more you use. To make it easier to compare, we’ve calculated the cost for a typical family home using 800 kWh of electricity per month.

Monthly bill graph


Johannesburg City Power will be increasing tariffs by 2.28%. The old and new tariffs for single and three phase domestic homes are shown below (all are excl. VAT).

Johannesburg graph

Example – Typical family home (800 kWh per month)

JHB Example



Tshwane tariff increases were different for each consumption bracket. The old and new tariffs for domestic homes are shown below (all are excl. VAT).

Tshwane graph

Example – Typical family home (800 kWh per month)

Tshwane Example graph


Cape Town

There has been much confusion around the new City of Cape Town tariffs. Until now, there have been two different residential tariffs. These were based on the value of your property. The old tariff structure is shown below (all are excl. VAT and in c/kWh).

The new tariffs introduce a 3rd residential tariff called Home User. The 3 residential tariffs are still defined by the value of your property; however, each tariff has changed slightly. The tariffs also see an increase of 2.8%. The new tariffs are shown below (all are ex. VAT and in c/kWh).

Cape Town Graph

How this impacts you

If your property is valued at more than R1 million, you will now pay a fixed fee regardless of how much electricity you use. This is because the city needs to maintain the infrastructure that delivers your electricity, irrespective of your consumption. If you use more than 600 kWh per month, your bill will remain unchanged as the rate for >600 kWh is the same for domestic and home user tariffs. If you use less than 600 kWh you will be paying more on the home user tariff due to the fixed fee structure.

Example – Typical family home (800 kWh per month)

Cape Town Example Graph



Businesses urged to find alternative energy sources

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On February 2, 2017, ENCA released a video featuring Alan Matthews, Head of Energy Partners Home Solutions. Matthews discusses why business owners will have to find alternative energy sources.

Click here to view original video on ENCA.

SMEs Increased Electricity Tariffs Looming

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Energy Partners spoke to HR Future about SMEs’ increased electricity electricity tariffs. The article features Mila Loubser (Head of Engineering Intelligence) and Cala van der Westhuizen (Spokesperson at Energy Partners.)
South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

The large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

Since 2008 the average electricity tariffs in South Africa have increased by around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%.

SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions.

SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages.

A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%.

Reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend.

Read the full article here.

SABC Digital News – Saving electricity during the festive season

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On December 21, 2016, Alan Matthews (head of Energy Partners Home Solutions) discussed how holiday makers can save money on their electricity bills by switching off all appliances when leaving the house. Listen in on the interview to learn energy saving ideas which can be implemented throughout the entire year. We hope to make consumers more aware of their day-to-day energy consumption and give you more insight on energy saving.

Do not just change your mind-set over festive seasons but also for the future, as South Africans should brace themselves for a possible inflation increase in electricity tariffs over the next three years.