Virtual Wheeling FAQs

All of your questions about our Virtual Wheeling Platform, answered.
  • Does virtual wheeling solve load shedding?

    Virtual wheeling will not immediately solve load shedding. As outlined, it provides low/medium voltage enterprises with access to renewable energy. Only If there is sufficient demand, and hence private sector investment into renewable energy will we see a reduction in load shedding levels.

  • Will virtual wheeling result in cost savings?

    If a buyer can procure independent power producer (IPP) generated energy at a tariff that is less than the current WEPS tariff, this will result in an energy cost saving when ESKOM pays the wheeled energy refund (WER) to the buyer.

  • What changes will be required at the consumer meter points?

    Virtual wheeling requires the measurement and reporting of energy consumption on a 30-minute interval for time of use (ToU). All consumer buyers will need to be equipped with the necessary meters capable of supporting this. Eskom maintains a list of approved suppliers and meters that may be used.

  • What is the impact of virtual wheeling on my Eskom / municipal invoice?

    Virtual wheeling does not impact the payment of current Eskom / municipality invoices. However, after monthly reconciliation of the total customer consumption, Eskom will make a single payment to the customer for energy consumed and produced.

  • How will municipal debt be managed? What happens if I’m in a municipality that owes Eskom money?

    Where a Municipality with municipal-connected off-takers is in debt to Eskom, there will be no wheeled energy refund processed for the wheeled energy associated with the off-taker, until the Eskom account is in good standing.