Energy activists are looking forward to the public input as the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) begins its hearing this morning, 14 January, in Cape Town on Eskom’s request for a 45% tariff increase over the next three years.
Nersa has been tasked with making the final decisions on electricity tariffs. It is hosting an all-day public hearing at the Cape Sun Hotel today, where consumers can express their views on power utility Eskom’s request for the increase. Eskom is asking Nersa for a 15% yearly electricity increase for the next three years.
This increase is in addition to the 4.41% hike that had already been granted to Eskom by Nersa. Eskom has argued that this 15% increase was needed to ensure that it maintained its stability and growth trajectory.
Stop COCT founder Sandra Dickson has urged Capetonians to speak at the event.
“The 2018 Eskom increase was much higher by the time it reached the citizens of Cape Town as the City of Cape Town added its cut.