EN­ER­GISED

As Chris For­lee takes over, the ques­tion lingers: What about elec­tric­ity prices?

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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.

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