NERSA Discussion Document - Small-Scale Renewable Embedded Generation: Regulatory Framework for Distributors

It was reported in the September 2014 issue of this Bulletin that NERSA intended releasing a consultation paper in February 2015 in which it would outline the possible regulatory framework for “distributed power generation” in South Africa, including how “prosumers” could be empowered to feed surplus electricity into the grid.  On 4 December 2014, NERSA published an advertisement in several newspapers in which it advised all stakeholders that ‘…it is in the process of developing the Regulatory Framework on Small-Scale Renewable Embedded Generation, as well as the Guidelines on the Electricity Resellers Tariffs’. This advertisement created some confusion.
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Operation Khanyisa Media Statement: 14 January 2015

The Operation Kyanisa website at http://www.operationkhanyisa.co.za/ carries an interesting article titled "Electricity thief who operated in the Agri Sector receives 7 years in jail".
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Eskom: Govt's five key interventions - Dept of Energy

The Department of Energy issued a media release on the adopted five-point plan to address the electricity challenges in the country. The five-point plan is a short and medium term (next 30 days, as well the next 3 years) intervention to normalise electricity supply to the grid for the next three years.  The five key interventions are as follows: Eskom Emergency Measures; Co-generation; Gas imports; Coal Independent Power Producers (IPPs); Demand-side Management.
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Electricity Supply Situation: Department of Energy Initiatives

Engineering News Online reported that the Department of Energy (DoE) issued a formal appeal for companies and individuals to provide it with information on possible near-term solutions to reduce or shift electricity demand, as well as to immediately improve supply. Responses to the request for information (RFI) must be submitted by 2 February 2015 and will guide the design of future procurement processes.
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Municipal debt to Eskom hindering electricity supply

This was the subject of an Engineering News Online article published on 23 January 2014 titled ‘Municipalities’ R4bn debt to Eskom hindering electricity supply’. The article reported on a statement attributed to civil rights organisation AfriForum on 22 January 2015 that claims that `Municipalities owe State-owned power utility Eskom more than R4.6-billion, an increase of more than R2-billion in the last year, a debt that is contributing to the pressure on Eskom’s ability to provide electricity.
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Seminars: Domestic Electricity Loads and BIG DATA for Electricity Forecasting

The first announcement for two seminars that may be of significant interest to some municipalities has recently been received. The will take place as follows:
  • Domestic Electric Loads: Consumption, Demand and Profiles – a seminar presenting new information about SA domestic customer load behaviour.
    • Date: Wednesday, 12 November 2014
    • Venue: John Maree Auditorium, Eskom Academy of Learning, Midrand
    • Fee: R350 per day.
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