Concerned about rising electricity prices – want to have your say……
Send your submission to NERSA by Tuesday 20th November 2012.
Public hearings will be held next year in January, so make your voice heard, write to NERSA and ask to be put on the list to speak at the public hearings.
To find out what some of the key issues are, read this submission that has been compiled by EGI-SA – partners include Green Connection, SAFCEI, Project90x2030, GenderCC SA, and 350.org
NERSA has invited Stakeholder comments ahead of public hearings which are likely to take place between January 15 and 31, 2013 in all 9 provinces. NERSA will make a determination on February 28 and lawmakers would consider the application in March 2013. The sanctioned increases are likely to be implemented on April 1, 2013, for direct Eskom customers and July 1, 2013, for municipal customers. Comments can be made by organisations until the end of business on 20th November 2012 to: to firstname.lastname@example.org; enquiries: Mr Charles Hlebela, Head of Communications, email@example.com or Telephone: 012 401 4600; Fax: 012 401 4700; Cell: 083 646 8280.
Attached is a summarized version of a submission to be made by EGI-SA on November 20th, 2012. It has been compiled by Brenda Martin, Robert Fischer, Liz McDaid, Jesse Burton and Yvette Abrahams. Anyone wishing to endorse or copy these lobby points in their submission is free to do so. Please let us know whether you are making a submission by copying richard@90×2030.org.za or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 23rd August saw more than 40 people sharing ideas and strategies about electricity pricing and the governance of the electricity prices.
The workshop focused on the following: Do you wonder why our electricity prices are rising so steeply? Do we need all these power stations and gridlines we hear about on tv and in newspapers? Do we have to have nuclear and fracking? And does it have to cost so much? Is it possible to supply our electricity in a more affordable way? Does Eskom have any other option?
How do issues like corruption, lack of information, and lack of skilled people impact on electricity prices? Is there anything we can do about it?
Facilitator, Liz McDaid, emphasised that citizens need to understand the democratic government structures and how to engage in order to raise our issues, even though public participation opportunities are not offered pro-actively. However, voices from the floor pointed out that raising our voices does not always mean that they are heard, and most people did not know how to find information on how to participate. There was general agreement that the information gained in the workshop needs to reach more people.
Participants from the workshop identified a number of follow up actions that they would take forward after the workshop.
EGI report – Atlantis workshop October 2012
A threat to good governance in SA- article March 2012
EGI briefing – REBID summary for workhops including appendix table
Electricity and Public Interest 10Qs draft 20th August 2012
How does buying renewable energy lead to higher or lower prices