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Electricity Situation Update number 5

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Eskom Announcement

20 March 2015: ESCo Model – Invitation to submit energy efficiency project proposals

Dear Sir/ Madam

Below please find a notice from Eskom for your information and action.


 20 March 2015: A statement issued by Eskom on 1 July 2014 informed Energy Services Companies (ESCos) and Project Developers that low cost, rapidly implementable energy efficiency projects complying with the terms and conditions of the ‘ESCo Model’ will be considered as a result of the prevailing electricity constraints in South Africa. 

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Electricity Situation Update number 4

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Notice to customers

Approved average tariff increases and tariff structural changes for 2015/16

Dear Member,

Please see below an Eskom situation update regarding tariff increases and tariff structural changes


 The average price increase, as approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) during November 2014, is as follows:

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ELECTRICITY SITUATION UPDATE NUMBER 3

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ELECTRICITY SUPPLY CONSTRAINTS

IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE OF MEASURES

From within its own ranks, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) established a working group on the electricity crisis with the objective of channelling all input to the War Room established by the Government. Eskom and a number of Government Departments constitute that War Room’. It is BUSA’s view that Eskom should get on with solving the problems and not be engaged in numerous meetings with different (well-meaning) parties. A number of joint sessions of this working group have taken place, during which feedback was given on several areas of focus.

The attached document is an implementation plan giving an overview of what is happening. We make this document available to you with two objectives in mind:

  • To inform you of what SEIFSA is doing, behind the scences, in conjunction with BUSA, and of the number of activities undertaken; and
  • To invite any suggestions on what could be done, or done better to try and minimize the costs to business.

We hope you will find the information useful and we look forward to receiving your innovative ideas.

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ELECTRICITY SITUATION UPDATE NUMBER 2

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LIAISON WITH GOVERNMENT AND ESKOM ON ELECTRICITY CONSTRAINTS

Dear SEIFSA member

The purpose of this letter is to inform members of the latest interactions with Government and Eskom regarding the electricity situation and suggest ways to assist members navigating the crisis.

BACKGROUND:

Press statements by Eskom and Government have been warning about the dire situation of the power generating fleet and possible consequences.

SEIFSA participates in Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA) Task Team (of the Trade and Economic Policy Committee) on Energy. This task team has the following objectives:

  • Develop positions to address the current electricity supply challenges
  • Develop broad-based mandates on issues relating to energy policy 
  • Keep members up to date on developments in these areas
  • Facilitate engagement with relevant national departments and state-owned entities on issues identified by the task team

The team is chaired by Dr Laurraine Lotter, overall BUSA business convener.

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ELECTRICITY SITUATION UPDATE NUMBER 1

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Dear SEIFSA member

Your Federation, SEIFSA, and its member Associations are deeply worried about the on-going wave of load shedding that began late last year and the terrible impact that it has on the country’s economy. As your representative, we have participated actively in trilateral meetings that have taken place since December involving the business community (through Business Unity South Africa), the Government (represented by three different Ministries) and Eskom and have raised your concerns about, among other things, the power utility’s failure to adhere to its announced load-shedding schedules.

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Load Shedding: Management Guidelines

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Following on last years’ negotiations, the position with regards to load shedding is essentially no different to what was contained in the previous agreement with one exception and that is namely the differentiation between planned and unplanned load shedding.

Unplanned load shedding i.e. to which industry is currently (and more than likely for the foreseeable future) being subjected, is the scenario where, for example Eskom (and by implication the local authorities) cannot with complete certainty inform industry as to exactly when load shedding will be implemented. What we are told is the likelihood of when load shedding may be implemented. Consequently and until certainty is built into the system that is verifiable, tried and tested all load shedding is by definition unplanned.

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