Decision on Eskom hike next year

THE National Energy Regulator of South Africa said yesterday that it would make its decision on power utility Eskom's latest application for tariff increases by February next year.

THE National Energy Regulator of South Africa said yesterday that it would make its decision on power utility Eskom's latest application for tariff increases by February next year.

Eskom this week revealed that it has asked Nersa for either a 45 percent increase every year for the next three years, starting next year, or a 146 percent price hike next year, with 12 percent increases over each of the two years that follow.

The power utility submitted its application for the second Multi-Year Pricing Determination (MYPD 2) for its financial years 2010-11 to 2012-13 at the end of September, making the regulator's deadline by only a few hours.

Eskom's new price plans will be implemented from April 2010, but between now and then Nersa will canvas public opinion on the application.

At the end of this month Nersa will publish the Issues Paper requesting comments on specific issues regarding Eskom's MYPD 2 application.

Nersa will conduct public hearings in Gauteng from January 20 to 22 next year.

The electricity subcommittee is then scheduled to consider Nersa's Draft Reasons for Decision on Eskom's MYPD 2 application on February 17 before Nersa makes its decision on February 24. - I-Net Bridge

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