The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) published a draft consultation paper at the end of April that bore the title – Rules for Registration of Small-Scale Embedded Generation.

As enthralling as that title sounds to read it didn’t get much attention, but it is grabbing headlines now and South Africans are rather unhappy with its contents.

The paper deals with small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which Nersa defines as “a customer that operates a generation facility of no more than 1MW and connected to a public Distribution System.”

In the past, these SSEGs were not required to apply for a generation license but Nersa wants to change that.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is opposed to this change arguing that the voice of the public is not being heard.

“We have received an overwhelming response from the public voicing their concern to these proposed rules. Several thousand signatures have already been received and we are expecting many more,” Outa’s Energy Portfolio Manager Ronald Chauke said in a statement.

“South Africans who have invested in energy saving devices should not be penalised for reducing electricity demand on the national grid nor should they be taxed for becoming environmentally conscious and pursue energy self-sufficiency,” added the portfolio manager.

The organisation has said the draft paper is unacceptable, that due process has not been followed and critical engagement avenues have not been explored.

You can find the draft paper here and if you oppose or favour it you can submit comments to Nersa.

These comments can be emailed to [email protected].org.za, hand-delivered to Kulawula House, 526 Madiba Street, Arcadia, Pretoria or alternatively they can be posted to PO Box 40343, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa.

Comments must be submitted to Nersa by 31st May 2018 at 16:00.

 

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