The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa was established in 1999, and is a voluntary, non-profit association. Its members are energy intensive consumers, who currently account for approximately 44% of electrical energy consumed in South Africa.
The EIUG’s goal is to be the recognised thought-leaders on energy related concerns, including the ongoing shortfall of generation capacity; the security of supply crisis; the pricing of energy; and energy regulation.
To this end, the group has developed strong working relationships with a number of expert consultants and like-minded organisations, which has resulted in an extensive fact-based repository of information.
The EIUG has earned respect in spheres of government, business, industry and media. The group engages directly with government departments, Eskom, and NERSA. As well as coordinating efforts with established associations such as BUSA, BLSA, NBI and the Chamber of Mines. Through these engagements, the EIUG seeks to ensure that reasonable and economically sound solutions are found to address the issues threatening the sustainability and competitiveness of South African industry at large.
The group provides a forum for Internal Advocacy (providing support to members on technical and policy issues). This ensures that members are educated on issues of concern; are provided with opportunities to discuss solutions to these issues; and gain a better understanding of possible regulatory changes and the impact this would have on their organisations.
In an External Advocacy role, the EIUG assists key stakeholders (including local and national government, NERSA and other associations and political bodies) by clarifying issues and also by lending its support and expertise.
Through the collective expertise of its membership, the EIUG is able to offer Technical Leadership, to both members and external stakeholders. This internal and external approach provides members and stakeholders alike with the necessary insight required to ensure a quantitative decision making platform is available.
Furthermore, the group acts as the Industry Monitor, providing insights and information on the likely changes to the industry; as well as clarity on the impacts of these changes across industry to members and key stakeholders.