Eskom’s application for tariff increases had been ready for submission, before the government asked it to look at additional factors, the utility said yesterday.

“We were ready, it was 100 percent in line with regulation. We engaged since February with hundreds and hundreds of stakeholders,” Eskom finance director Paul O’Flaherty said.

“At the end, Eskom had its submission ready, but we have been asked to look at two additional things.”

Eskom had been asked to consider whether any new power stations would be built after the completion of the Kusile plant in 2018/19, and whether independent power producers could play a bigger role in providing energy generation capacity. – Sapa