The Smart Electricity Workshops
Civil society, NGO’s and CBO’s attended workshops in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to assist in preparation for the NERSA hearings were held countrywide.
Liz McDaid presented on 15 January on behalf of SAFCEI and Robert Fischer (Project90x2030) presented on behalf of the EGI-SA.
SAFCEI is part of the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI-SA).
The poor and working class will bear the brunt of Eskom’s proposed new electricity tariff structure.
Consumer cost escalations of more than a 100% in the next few years is a main feature of Eskom’s latest application to NERSA (NATIONAL ELECTRICITY REGULATOR OF SA). NERSA’s provincial hearings to consider the application kick of in Cape Town on Tuesday, January 15 and culminate in Johannesburg on January 31.
We cannot allow NERSA to grant Eskom’s application without a thorough review of national energy and resource plans. Failing a reconsideration of the greedy and corporatist management of South Africa’s energy resources – past, present and future – we all stand to lose: Climate Change, Climate Injustice, De-industrialisation, Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty will all deepen.
South Africa is already one of the world’s biggest emitters of Greenhouse gasses and ranks number one in Africa. We have to answer to the world for our debt to present and future generations.
Yet, as we prepare to celebrate 20 years of democracy, Eskom’s short-term profit-driven strategies have still not delivered power to millions of South Africans, while thousands of households can simply no longer afford the steep tariffs, given a tripling of tariffs in the past ten years. Food security and jobs are now being threatened while people are being pushed to the limits of survival
Civil society and unions are developing alternative electricity plans. These are “roadmaps” for a transition to a ecological energy paradigm – for the people by the people. The plans are based on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which would not only be cheaper in the short run, but also create more jobs and save our environment for future generations.
Civil society has received permission to demonstrate at the venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), on the day of the first hearings on Tuesday, the 15th of January at 13:00pm.
We call on our sister organisations to join us at the CTICC in their thousands for a mass demonstration
VENUE: Cape Town International Convention Centre
TIME: 13:00pm to 14:00pm
DATE: January 15, 2013
TRANSPORT: Organisations needing transport could contact Gray Maquire 084 33 55 77 8.
The National Electricity Regulator of SA (NERSA) is due to hold public hearings on Eskom’s appeal for a rise in electricity prices that could see current consumer tariffs escalate with over a 100% in the next three years.
With domestic consumers and especially the poor already buckling under recent increases, it is imperative that we highlight alternatives, particularly the Smart Electricity Scenario being developed by the Electricity Governance Initiative (EIG-SA).
NERSA’s countrywide provincial hearings will kick off on
15 January 2013 in Cape Town.
The meeting will hear presentations on the preliminary findings of the Smart Electricity Scenario, which we believe can meet our electricity demand through saving electricity, and over time, replacing our current coal and nuclear power stations with renewable energy. The plan is also aimed at advancing a Just Transition to a new energy future, in the process creating sustainable jobs and improving the living conditions and opportunities of the poor – all at a lower cost to the fiscus and the environment than the government’s official electricity plan (Integrated Resource Plan 2010) is projected to cost.
The smart electricity plan was drafted by a collective of organisations who are all part of the Electricity Governance initiative (EIG-SA). SAFCEI is part of this collective, as is 350.org. project90x2030, Gender CC, and The Green Connection.
Workshops will be held in:
Durban on 10 January 2013
Cape Town on 11 January 2013
Johannesburg on 21 January 2013
If you are interested in attending, please contact Roshan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited so respond now!