As Chris Forlee takes over, the question lingers: What about electricity prices?
determinations, Forlee said.
He said that every comment made in any public consultation process that Nersa undertook was being considered. “We don’t discount anything,” he said. Forlee said he had both private and public sector experience, but found that he could make the greater contribution in the public sector.
Being in a leadership position also meant that he “could contribute more”, he said.
Turning to the debate about private versus state power production, Forlee said there was a need for both sources of energy.
The inclusion of the private sector provided South Africa with a diversity of power sources and different types of technology.
The renewable producers had also brought foreign direct investment into the country, Forlee said.
The inclusion of both private and public players in the energy space meant all parties in the sector were kept on their toes, he said.
The key debate was how much power should be generated by Eskom and how much should be produced by the private power producers, Forlee said.