The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has drafted new regulations that would make it mandatory by law for everyone producing their own energy (including wind turbines, solar panels and backup generators) to register and pay for licensing fees, whether it is connected to the grid or not.
All owners/buyers of small-scale electricity generators (SMEG) less than 1 MW is required to make an application for the establishment of the installation to their local distributor (municipality or Eskom) and then to register with NERSA.
The aim of this regulation is to connect SMEG to the Eskom grid so that electricity can be imported and exported. There is merit in this objective to help ensure a more sustainable energy supply however this connection should not be mandatory, it should not impose fees upon citizens who have invested in alternative energy, it should not drive the monopolization of all energy production.
We believe that Individuals and business who have invested in the necessary equipment to harness energy from the sun, wind and other means should not be compelled to register or pay for anything. Neither Eskom, NERSA, nor anyone for that matter, has the right to control all the energy derived from these natural resources; we believe that this is an infringement on our basic human rights as citizens of planet Earth. Rather incentivise the registration and connection of SSEG to facilitate the import and export of electricity through on a voluntary, not obligatory, basis.
You can read the draft regulation here: Draft consultation paper: Rules for registration of small-scale embedded generators – published 26 April 2018 (PDF)
Urgent Call to Action: Protect Your Rights to Freely Produce Energy
Oppose NERSA Rules for Registration of SSEG before 31 May 2018
All oppositions and comments about this proposed regulation need to be submitted by 16h00 on the 31 May 2018 to Moefi Moroeng at National Energy Regulator of South Africa in any of the following ways:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Snail Mail: Postal Address: PO Box 40343, Arcadia, 0007
- By Hand: Kulawula House, 526 Madiba Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Remember to provide the name, address, telephone number, fax number and email address of the person or organisation submitting the comment.