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Specifics on electricity tariffs…

Published by Ken Nunes on 09/07/2015


The article 2015/2016 Electricity and Water Tariff Increases of the 1st July, reported the general increases of electricity and water tariffs for the year 2015/2016.

This article is a little more specific in an effort to underline the need for efficiency.

Most schools (dependent on the size of the incoming electrical supply) have been “attributed” the BUSINESS TARIFF, which the City of Johannesburg Approved Tariffs 2014/2015 (Page 18) tell us: This tariff shall primarily be applicable to supply consumption capacities not exceeding 100 kVA for purposes other than the purposes specified in item 1 (which refers to Domestic Tariffs)…

2014/2015:

The tariff is detailed on Page 6 as follows:

Block

Energy Charge
Summer (September-May)

Energy Charge
Winter (June-August)

0-500 kWh

R1.3740

R1.5215

501-1000

R1.5081

R1.6556

1001-2000

R1.5815

R1.7290

2001-3000

R1.6392

R1.7867

>3000

R1.6924

R1.8399 

The following charges also apply:
Demand Side Management Levy: A Variable Cost
Service Charge         R281.54
Network Charge:      R269.94

VAT is charged on all the above.

Finally, a further 2% is charged (for electricity), although there is no reference to this charge for electricity in the COJ document.

2015/2016:

The tariff is detailed on page 5 as follows:

Block

Energy Charge
Summer (September-May)

Energy Charge
Winter (June-August)

0-500 kWh

R1.5415

R1.7070

501-1000

R1.6919

R1.8574

1001-2000

R1.7743

R1.9398

2001-3000

R1.8390

R2.0045

>3000

R1.8987

R2.0642

The following charges also apply:
Demand Side Management Levy: A Variable Cost
Service Charge         R315.86
Network Charge:      R302.84

VAT is charged on all the above.

The Municipality (COJ) document details “Blocks” where electricity costs increases with consumption. However, the Municipality Invoice details "Steps 1 to 5”, which appears to attributes percentages of consumption at each “Step”.

No reference is found in the Municipality documents relating to this and further explanation will be sought.