The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
Through the courts, and through an application to South Africa’s energy regulator, Nersa, Eskom is seeking to claw back massive additional revenue from electricity customers via the tariffs, over and above that from its normal annual electricity price increases.
One decision, to allow private generation without the nasty bureaucratic hurdles at Nersa, would unlock a flood of investment in the South African market, writes James de Villiers.
The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed Eskom’s urgent application to implement electricity tariff hikes of 16.6% and 16.7% over the next two years. Now the utility awaits the next phase of the proceedings.
As Eskom prepares to face off in court with energy regulator Nersa next week, it has placed the blame for its financial woes squarely on tariffs it says are too low.
Eskom is starting to play hardball with non-paying residents of Soweto, reports Netwerk24.
The cash-strapped power utility is going to court to challenge Nersa's decision to grant it a lower tariff increase than it applied for.
The percentage of households connected to the country's main electricity supply increased to 84.7% in 2018, according to the General Household Survey - but some are still obliged to use diverse energy sources due to cost and access.
While NERSA has allowed Eskom a tariff hike of just over 14%, SA's three biggest cities are absorbing some of the increase to pass on lower tariff hikes to beleaguered residents.
The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an application by the Coal Transporters Forum against Eskom, Nersa and a number of independent power producers.
Eskom was granted only a 13.8% increase for 2019/20 instead of the 15% it had applied for. Don't sigh with relief too quickly, says Ferial Haffajee.
Eskom has won a High Court decision against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, which had blocked the utility from recovering R27 billion in costs in the 2019 financial year.
Eskom officials told the National Energy Regulator of South Africa that it would have to raise debt levels if its regulatory clearing account application is not granted.
Eskom says if it is not granted tariff increases it wants from March this year, its finances might collapse, triggering a national crisis.
The president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the power utility wanted to exempt itself from the consequences of recent spates of load shedding.
The regulator defends a decision to grant Eskom a lower tariff increase.
Eskom Holdings is challenging the South African energy regulator in court over a tariff increase the state-owned utility says isn’t sufficient, Mining Weekly reports, citing court papers.
Nersa has criticised Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for what it said was a "misleading and mischievous" statement about tariff hikes.
Even an efficient, well-run electricity utility would not be able to operate on Eskom’s tariff levels, according to an international energy expert.
Unbundling of Eskom has welcomed by some, but perhaps it should be approached with caution, says Sifiso Skenjana.
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