Country:South Africa
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Economic Instruments>Direct investment
Policy Target:Lighting
Agency:Eskom; Network Planning Department
Description:During 2006, the South African national utility Eskom will distribute more than 7 million CFLs to replace incandescent bulbs. Generator of 95% of South Africas electricity, Eskom initially procured 300,000 CFLs for free distribution near Johannesburg to test the feasibility, cost-of-distribution and actual load reductions of the measure. Encouraged by the energy savings, the utility procured a further 2.7 million CFLs for distribution to low-cost housing areas in South Africa. These areas were identified by the Network Planning Department as areas with existing or impending capacity problems, and the distribution is still being carried out by various ESCOs in the country, with the help of unemployed local residents. To address the rolling black-outs disrupting Cape Town during 2006, Eskom is sourcing an additional 5 million CFLs for distribution in the Western Cape area. Approximately 50% will be distributed on the same basis as the 3-million project referred to above, and the remaining 50% will be offered to middle-and-high income consumers, through traditional retail outlets, but at a greatly reduced (i.e. subsidised) price. Normal retail prices at present are about USD 1.40 and the subsidised price will probably be around USD 0.80 cents. Eskom is wholly owned by the South African government.

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