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Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006)


Electricity Regulations for Compulsory Norms and Standards for Reticulation Services



In order to maintain good quality of supply, to ensure stability of the electricity network, to minimise electricity load shedding and to avoid blackouts, the following norms and standards for reticulation services must be maintained in an area of jurisdiction—

(a) In respect of lighting—
(i) energy efficient fittings must be used in all buildings except where a specific fitting is required for some purpose and the nature of the purpose does not allow an energy efficient fitting;
(ii) street and highway lighting must be energy efficient and licensee must ensure that it is switched off during the day;
(iii) Street lights must be fitted with systems that allow for remote reduction of power especially during capacity constraints.
(iv) subregulation (a)(i),(ii) and (iii) must be in place not later than 01 January 2010.

[Regulation 2(a)(iv) inserted by Notice No. 1190 of 2008]

(b) In respect of existing buildings, where an electric water heating facility is required—
(i) a licensee should install a facility to remotely control the supply of electricity to any electric geyser that does not incorporate a solar heating water facility;
(ii) subregulation (b)(i) must be in place not later than 01 January 2012;
(c) In respect of space heating, ventilation or cooling in existing buildings, to be in place not later than 01 January 2012, a licensee must—
(i) install a facility to remotely control the supply of electricity to heating, ventilation and cooling system in its area of supply.
(ii) link a swimming pool drive and heating system to a facility that enables the licensee to remotely control its supply of electricity;
(d) An end user or customer with a monthly consumption of 1000kWh and above must have smart system and be on time of use tariff not later than 01 January 2012;
(e) Subregulations (b) and (c) do not apply in an event where the licensee can remotely reduce or increase the supply of electricity to the building using a smart system.
(f) The System Operator and other licensee may only reduce the supply of electricity to customers during capacity or network constraints. Where the interruption is planned, the licensee must comply with the provisions of NRS 048 and inform affected customers at least a day before about the interruption of electricity supply.
(g) In respect of subregulations (b) and (c) above, the licensee may remotely control the supply of electricity only during capacity or network constraints to avoid electricity blackouts. The System Operator must issue a notice to the licensee declaring the constraints in terms of network or capacity and requesting distributors to reduce demand.