National Energy Regulator (Nersa) starts public hearings today as part of Eskom’s application to recover an additional R22,8 billion ($1.35 billion) through an electricity tariff increase.
The hearings are scheduled to start in Cape Town and end in Midrand on the fifth of February.
The public hearings are part of Eskom’s bid to secure a 16.6 per cent tariff increase for 2016 and 2017. As things stand, electricity tariffs are already set to rise by 8 per cent this year.
Nersa approves electricity tariff increases for Eskom based on a number of factors such as cost of primary energy and electricity demand. Depending on how those assumptions pan out, Eskom either owes the public or is owed money.
If Eskom gets the tariff increase, it will prove to be a heavy blow to an already struggling economy and consumers.