Wheeling in South African Municipalities Report released

  • The Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) website houses documents and resources relevant to SSEG in South African municipalities.
  • The site provides municipal officials, residents, business owners, and other relevant stakeholders with guidance regarding municipal SSEG regulations, processes, tariffs, and application processes.
  • The SSEG has released Wheeling in South African Municipalities Report.
  • The report forms part of the Municipal Embedded Generation Support Program and is a collaborative effort by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA), the Western Cape Government, GIZ, GreenCape, Eskom and the AMEU.

The report provides an overview the steps municipalities must take to facilitate electricity wheeling in their jurisdictions and provides an overview of the progress municipalities have made in this regard. Wheeling is a relatively new development for most municipal distributors, and while a handful are implementing wheeling or have made important progress on this regard, most are still in the early stages of considering policies and processes to enable wheeling. This report aims to:

  • Provide an overview of wheeling in the electricity distribution industry.
  • Describe the wheeling scenarios applicable to the municipal distributors.
  • Define the details of wheeling including the generator connection process, metering and billing, wheeling tariffs, and impact of wheeling on municipal revenue.
  • Detail the steps municipal distributors should follow to implement of wheeling.
  • Present the progress towards implementing wheeling in the leading municipal distributors.

The report forms part of the Municipal Embedded Generation Support Program and is a collaborative effort by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA), the Western Cape Government, GIZ, GreenCape, Eskom and the AMEU.

Download the report HERE

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Author: Bryan Groenendaal

About the Small-scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Municipality Resource Portal

Energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of low-cost renewable energy technologies and the growth of distributed generators have resulted in a range of challenges for utilities, including municipal distributors. Considering these dynamics, municipalities are compelled to re-define their role in the electricity value chain and adapt their funding and operating models. The South African – German Energy Programme (SAGEN) is a partnership between GIZ, the Department of Mineral Resources Energy (DMRE) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to provide technical support to municipalities on aspects of this transition.

Sustainable Energy Africa NPC (SEA) is an implementing partner on the SAGEN programme and are focusing on the safe integration of Small-Scale Embedded Generators (SSEG) into municipal infrastructure as well as the development of sustainable business models for municipal utilities.

This resource portal forms part of the technical support to municipalities in developing SSEG processes to safely accommodate SSEG onto municipal grids. Read more about the partners involved.

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