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  • 31/05/2019 7:19 PM | Christoph Kausch

    Excerpt from a media statement from National Treasury on the publication of the 2019 Carbon Tax Act:

    "The Carbon Tax Act gives effect to the polluter-pays-principle for large emitters and helps to ensure that firms and consumers take the negative adverse costs (externalities) into account in their future production, consumption and investment decisions. Firms are incentivized towards adopting cleaner technologies over the next decade and beyond.

    The carbon tax will initially only apply to scope 1 emitters in the first phase. The first phase will be from 1 June 2019 to 31 December 2022, and the second phase from 2023 to 2030.

    The design of the carbon tax also provides significant tax-free emission allowances ranging from 60 per cent to 95 per cent in this first phase. This includes a basic tax-free allowance of 60 per cent for all activities, a 10 per cent process and fugitive emissions allowance, a maximum 10 per cent allowance for companies that use carbon offsets to reduce their tax liability, a performance allowance of up to 5 per cent for companies that reduce the emissions intensity of their activities, a 5 per cent carbon budget allowance for complying with the reporting requirements and a maximum 10 per cent allowance for trade exposed sectors.

    The introduction of the carbon tax will also not have any impact on the price of electricity for the first phase.This will result in a relatively modest carbon tax rate ranging from R6 to R48 per tonneof CO2equivalent emitted, which is a relatively low tax rate to further provide current significant emitters time to transition their operations to cleaner technologies throughinvestments in energy efficiency, renewables and other low carbon measures"

  • 10/05/2019 9:25 AM | Christoph Kausch

    The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has released a consultation paper for an updated Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice for small-scale embedded generators (SSEGs).

    Stakeholders and members of the public have been invited to comment on the draft amendment to the Electricity Regulation Act, with a deadline of May 24 set for submissions.

    The notice seeks to replace the November 2017 Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice, which is widely accepted to be “flawed” and which has also caused significant market uncertainty.

    The new notice exempts various categories of SSEG plant under 1 MW from the requirement to apply for and hold a licence under the Act, including:

    • A facility that supplies electricity to a customer who is an end-use customer.
    • One operated to supply an end-use customer, or related customers by wheeling.
    • The operation of a generation facility for demonstration purposes only, whether or not the facility is connected to a transmission or distribution network.

    The notice also covers existing generation facilities, including those that filed for registration with the regulator within six months of commencement of the registration process by the regulator.

    It also covers the trading of electricity by a reseller.

  • 10/04/2019 12:29 PM | Christoph Kausch

    The annual SANEDI Energy Insights Publication is now available. The focus of this years publication lies on Carbon Capture and Storage, Energy Efficiency, Clean Mobility, Smart Grids and Clean Energy Solutions.

  • 06/04/2019 7:35 AM | Christoph Kausch

    The Small-scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Municipality Resource Portal has recently been launched.

    The website is a resource centre housing SSEG documents and resources relevant to South African municipalities. It provides residents, business owners, municipal officials and other relevant stakeholders with guidance regarding municipal SSEG rules, regulations, tariffs and application processes.

  • 15/03/2015 12:37 PM | Christoph Kausch

    SESSA has launched its new website and member management system. The website will be expanded over the next weeks and months to give both the public and SESSA members added content and functionality.

    The  new member management system will allow the seamless integration of web and member content.

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