Rewards given to power conservationists

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has indicated that it would reward electricity users who...

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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has indicated that it would reward electricity users who conserved power.

Meanwhile, the regulator also expressed its intension to penalise those who failed to conserve electricity by charging as much as R9 per kilowatt over their normal limit.

Nersa said it has put together a consultation paper on the matter to be deliberated by members of the public in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria next month.

Nersa’s Charles Hlabeli asserted that this was part of their efforts to prevent last year’s power problems from recurring.

“The Power Conservation Program, it’s in line with the government’s plan to ensure that an overall 10% production in energy consumption is achieved and sustained,” Hlabeli said.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>