Nersa receives urgent request from ESKOM for 25,3% tariff hike.
According to Eskom this is because it requires cost recovery of R32.9bn for Open-Cycle Gas Turbines and R19.9bn for the Short-Term Power Purchase Programme.
Basically, because ESKOM didn’t act to repair and maintain their infrastructure when they were told to some 10 years ago, it now BECOMES OUR PROBLEM.
ESKOM are arguing (and NERSA is considering) that it is aimed at paying Eskom’s diesel bill in order to avoid load shedding and to extend and conclude short-term agreements to buy electricity from other producers including companies like Sasol and Sappi as well as municipal generators like City Power. It also makes provision for the increased environmental levy announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene during his budget speech.
So , here’s the tale so far..
They were originally granted 8% by NERSA, that went to 12,69% and now they want to DOUBLE that to 25,3% and , if successful , this will be inplemented from July 1st 2015.
In short, if this is approved, your electricity bills will increase by 25% as of July 1.
Perhaps it’s time that all of us installed Solar Panels and became individual suppliers to the ESKOM grid – then we can charge them!
But it certainly is time for all of us to take decisive action to invest in effective energy saving solutions at whatever level we can afford.
A quick list from least expensive to most expensive :
- Geyser timer and blanket – approx cost – R1700-00 ; Saving Achieved between 18% and 30% monthly.
- Install LED or Fluorescent downlighters – around R 20 (Fluorescent) to R80 (LED) per lamp :Saving Acheived – approx 10%-15% depending on number of lamps being used.
- Load timer on the the pool – around R 1000 (depending on product) – save around 10%
- Solar Geyser / Evacuated tubes – these systems cost from R15000-00 upwards, but have excellent medium to long term return and savings.
- Roof insulation : Approx cost from about R8000-00 upwards depending on roof area.
It doesn’t matter what you do , as long as you do something – and not for ESKOM , but your own budget and cost of living.
Plus, it’s always nice to know that every kilowatt saved is one less kilogram of CO2 in the atmosphere…that should keep you warm at night when ESKOM doesn’t.