The National Energy Regulator has drafted new regulations which require you to register and pay licence fees for your generator or solar panels, whether connected to the grid or not. We will challenge this all the way to the courts.

Nersa has invited us to comment and provide input on the draft rules.

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Do you support registering generators and solar? (summary below)
Yes I doNo I do notNot fully

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No I do not
Well, government can not guarantee power supply. Then when a power failure does occur it takes ages to fix costing the country more money. You as business owner or as consumer make your own plan to ensure the future of your business and employees.. Government don't like that so what is easier? To tax you on your own plan or for them to plan properly? This make sense does it not? It is the easiest way out for them.

Although it does pose a risk to technicians working on lines that might be live, there surely are ways around this.

Implementing a complicated registration process, which the layman will never understand, is not the answer. Rather figure out a way to ensure quality installations by certified installers adhering to set standards. They then need to supply a installation certificate as with current electrical installations.
No I do not
These regulations will have effect further than just the inconvenience and cost of acquiring a license. Even though it will create employment for a couple of people who will be involved with the approval of licenses and inspection of installation it will probably cost more jobs than what it will create. This type oh 'Red Tape" regulation will make the installation of solar power systems or the purchase of a generator a long tedious and costly exercise. This will most probably discourage a lot of people that would have invested in these items, from doing so. This will lead to job losses in the industry with further job losses further down the line. It is thus a bad idea in respect of job creation as well as for the our struggling economy. This will also create a new opportunity for people to eat at the trough (Corruption and bribery).
No I do not
We are paying double for all our service. Although we pay taxes, we pay for our own security, medical, pension, school fees, etc. No we should pay for our initiative to generate power, which is a government responsibility? No way. Our installation will help Eskom / the nation if we feed back into the grid.
No I do not
If Escom cannot supply why should i have a license for my generator to supply my self with power.
No I do not
Why must we pay a Licence fee for a solution we have to come up with ourselves to fill a gap where our government is failing. As it is we are overtaxed for poor services.

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  • The rules apply both to off-grid systems‚ with no connection to the national electricity system‚ and systems connected to the grid in any way – whether or not they are intended to feed electricity back into the grid.
  • Small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) includes generators‚ solar photo-voltaic panels and backup generators.
    • submitting an application for registration to Nersa;
    • receiving a quotation after the application from the distributor‚ paying the required connection charge/fees and signing the required connection and use of system agreement;
    • ensuring that the connection and the equipment used are certified to comply with all required technical standards.The rules state that no customer may connect to the distribution system (municipality or Eskom) without the following:
  • Upon receiving the application and conclusion of the customer connection and use-of-system agreement with the distributor‚ the distributor will then send the information to Nersa for registration.
  • To complicate matters‚ it is only possible to register by way of an electricity distributor – either Eskom or a municipality – even for generators that are not due to be connected to such a distributor’s system.
  • The rules apply to all generators of less than 1 megawatt. Above that level‚ the law requires the same sort of licensing as for a full-blown power station.
  • Eskom or a municipality responsible for distribution also has its own responsibilities‚ which include the following:
    • providing to the customer non-discriminatory access to its distribution system‚ except if there are objectively justifiable reasons;
    • ensuring that the connection to the distribution complies with the licence conditions of the distributor‚ grid code and national requirements; and
    • should the customer want to increase the supply to above 1 megawatts‚ the distributor will redirect the customer to apply to Nersa for a generation licence‚ provided that the distributor agrees with the applicant’s request to increase the supply and exemption has been granted by the Department of Energy.
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All South Africans, from peaceful pensioner to street vendor barber and large business owners, are under pressure to oppose the New Nersa regulations for small-scale embedded generators (SSEG Rules) as provision for public comments closes on 31 May 2018.

Under these rules, which have been in the pipeline for months, is the requirement for all owners/buyers of small-scale “electricity generators” less than 1 MW to make an application for the establishment of the installation to their local distributor (municipality or Eskom) and then to register with Nersa.

“I view the rules as draconian,” says Ted Blom, a partner at Mining & Energy Advisors, “as they apply to all small installations, whether for private or public use and whether they are to be connected to the grid or not”.

Blom highlights that the definitions and rules are far too wide as they essentially extend right down to micro-solar chargers for cell phones. The definitions are also not clear as they demand registration of all devices, yet only describe the procedure to be followed for GRID linked devices.

The ambit of these regulations is similar to the unworkable and failed Gauteng e-Toll regulations yet far wider in that they apply to almost all 55 million South Africans in all nine provinces. “These rules are poorly drafted and unworkable and will result in wide-scale civil disobedience if promulgated,” warns Blom.

Such regulations will result in a permitting system, and eventually, licence fees will be instituted to fund policing of installations. This added cost will give rise to yet another financial burden for ordinary SA citizens, which Blom makes clear “is a regrettable situation which we will challenge”.


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Download the Draft Consultation Paper