Archive for February, 2018

Time for variable pricing for feeding into the grid

For some time there have been proposals to charge customers variable prices based on when energy is consumed. Such schemes, which come in many forms and flavours including time-of-use pricing (TOU), real-time pricing (RTP), dynamic pricing and critical peak pricing (CPP) were originally intended to manage peak demand by encouraging consumers to shift some of […]

Fifty actions to address the Eskom and electricity supply industry mess

A question often asked of me recently by radio and TV presenters, print and electronic media journalists, is what exactly needs to be done by the new Eskom board and chairman in the weeks, months and year ahead to steady the ship and steer the utility in the right direction. Over the last eight months, […]

Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa

Meridian Economics published a report recently on Eskom’s financial crisis and the decreasing demand for electricity while its costs continue to rise dramatically, driven primarily by its new-build programme. This is the executive summary of the report. The South African power system has reached a crossroads. Eskom, the national power utility, is experiencing an unprecedented period […]