Minister Gwede Mantashe invites public comment, input or objection to the draft amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act.
The amendments propose amendments to the Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice (embedded generation);
- registration with the regulator is required for anything below 10MW
- a licence is required for capacity above 10MW
- exemption of certain requirements.
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Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has published new embedded generation regulations which could help businesses and private individuals reduce their reliance on Eskom.
In the regulations, the government has proposed lifting the threshold for embedded generation capacity from 1MW to 10MW.
Currently, the Electricity Regulation Act requires entities who want to build power plants greater than 1MW to obtain a licence from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).
The new regulations state these entities will no longer have to obtain a licence for generation capacity up to 10MW. They will still need to register with Nersa, but it’s not clear exactly how this process will differ from the current regime.
Professor Anton Eberhard, who directs the Power Futures Lab at UCT’s Graduate School of Business, told Reuters the new threshold was not high enough and recommended that the threshold be raised to 50MW. He pointed out the new regulations did not apply to projects aimed at adding capacity to the transmission grid.
“The minister appears to have reluctantly taken a small step forward, but failed to recognise the profound innovations in distributed energy resources and how the regulatory system needs to adapt,” Eberhard said.
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