Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor Company (Pty) Ltd
Envisaged as a dynamic and efficient commercialised electricity distributor for the Erongo Region, the Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor Company (Pty) Ltd, commonly known as Erongo RED, started trading on 01 July 2005 within the context of the Namibian Government’s National Development Plan.
Erongo RED was formed by merging the service of electricity distribution from various municipalities and town councils in Erongo Region namely the Municipality of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Omaruru; the Town Council of Karibib, Usakos and Arandis; Erongo Regional Council and NamPower. All these individual institutions are shareholders of Erongo RED. The initiative to create the REDs was part of the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) and Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Restructuring Policy to distribute and supply electricity through economies of scale, pooling of human and operational capital resources to ultimately stabilize electricity prices and ensure reasonable, affordable and cost reflective tariffs to electricity consumers.
The company purchases electricity from NamPower for both urban and rural customers. The electricity is transmitted and distributed to different customer segments ranging from residential, business and industrial customers. Erongo RED uses about 15% of the total electricity requirement of Namibia. The electricity industry in Namibia is regulated by the Electricity Control Board of Namibia, thus Erongo RED operates under set regulations.
The core business of Erongo RED is to distribute and supply electricity within the mighty region of Erongo. Erongo RED received distribution and supply licences which are valid until 2030. The company also received a generation licence in 2006 for embedded power generation for a 220 kW wind generator near Walvis Bay, the first known network-connected wind generator in Namibia.See more