Salga calls for new electricity demand forecasts

Salga calls for new electricity demand forecasts
The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a reduced demand forecast for electricity to be included in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, in line with the slowdown in electricity sales and a drop in customer demand.
Salga says the forecasts contained in the draft IRP 2018 are not realistic. ADVERTISEMENT <>
“It forecasts higher demand for electricity, yet electricity sales in metros are decreasing.
“The high demand forecasts have the potential to create stranded assets which will drastically increase the price of electricity. This will further exacerbate the financial difficulty of municipalities and Eskom. This will be passed down to consumers and the tariffs will be very high,” energy expert *Nhlanhla Ngidi* said on behalf of Salga. ADVERTISEMENT <…>
During public hearings into the draft IRP, on Friday, Ngidi told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that electricity supplied by Eskom to municipalities had not been increasing, and “is flat at best”.

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