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CIVIL SOCIETY WORKSHOP IN PREPARATION FOR NERSA HEARINGS ON ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKES

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 – info@thegreenconnection.org.za

Spaces are limited so respond now!