S.A's Nersa to appeal High Court decision on electricity tariffs

The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) today announced that it will be appealing the North Gauteng High Court judgement delivered on 16 August 2016 regarding NERSA’s earlier decision on the approval of Eskom’s Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD 3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the 2013/14 financial year.
The decision under review concerns NERSA’s approval of the RCA application for the tariff year 2013/14, which culminated in a 9.4% increase in the average tariff for standard customers for the 2016/17 financial year.
NERSA is of the view that the judgement is flawed. It has also created a hierarchy of issues in the application of the MYPD methodology without considering the objective of the methodology and how the RCA is decided.

Therefore, NERSA will be appealing the judgement on the grounds of it being premised on erroneous information, a non-implementable position, as well as its substitution of NERSA’s decision of 2014.
It is believed that the appeal will create certainty with regard to the regulatory framework as there will be an approved tariff in place during the appeal process. It will also allow an opportunity to clarify issues raised in the judgement.
The option to appeal is considered to be the most effective manner to remedy the situation created by the judgement while ensuring that regulatory certainty is sustained through the most available legal means without violating the contents of law and judgement.