Question mark over whether Eskom tariff hikes still valid

Uncertainty hangs over electricity tariffs that were implemented by Eskom on 1 March after a court on Tuesday set aside a decision by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to grant the company an effective 9.4% tariff increase for 2016.

The South Gauteng High Court ruled earlier on Tuesday that Eskom had not followed the correct methodology when requesting an additional tariff increase for 2016 using the Revenue Clearing Account.

Eskom had failed to submit quarterly reports to Nersa to lay the basis for the application and also submitted late‚ outside of the permitted time frame.

It is unclear though what this means for consumers and whether it would have the effect of disallowing the tariff increase. Eskom and Nersa both said on Tuesday they were still studying the judgment.

– TMG Digital/BDlive

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