The South African national utility, Eskom, has submitted a request to increase its electricity tariffs, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has reported.

"I can confirm that this [Wednesday] morning we received documentation from Eskom," said Nersa chief executive Smunda Mokoena. He said the regulator would first have to study the report to "see what it is that Eskom is asking for."

Tariffs and regulatory issues will also be one of the topics to be addressed at this year’s African Utility Week, alongside developments in metering, billing and customer management.

African Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa May 28 – June 1, 2007, is the largest metering, billing and customer service event in Africa, and includes Metering, Billing/CRM Africa and International and South African Prepayment Weeks, as well as other power sector events. A comprehensive exhibition, including a Power Lifestyle SMART LIVING EXPO focussing on energy efficiency, will showcase the latest technologies that are available in the South African and international markets.

In addition there will be an international Automated Meter Reading workshop as well an Advanced Metering Infrastructure technical study tour visiting metering sites in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

African Utility Week, widely regarded within the industry as the blueprint for power planning in Africa, offers a unique training, networking and discussion platform and will demonstrate how utilities can be more efficient and offer cost effective services through improved infrastructure, load management, service delivery and revenue management choices.

“This event the gateway for African utilities to see innovative metering and billing technologies to assist with their annual planning and tender requirements,” says Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of Smart Energy International magazine, host publication of African Utility Week.

For more information on African Utility Week 2007 and its co-located events, please contact Le-ann Hare Keymer on tel. +27 21 700 3500, fax +27 21 700 3501, or l le-ann@spintelligent.com