Outcomes of debate: Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?

An open public debate, attended by approximately 250 people in Midrand recently, discussed various options on the future of Eskom. A vote at the end of the debate showed that 70% of those present voted in favour of a deep and decisive restructuring of Eskom, while only 14% voted that the power utility should continue […]

No load-shedding this winter, says Eskom – but can we be sure?

The power utility’s interim group chief executive has assured the public that the organisation is committed to keeping the lights on this winter, despite low coal stockpiles at six of its power stations, by shifting plant performance and coal stock between power stations. At a media briefing at Eskom’s Megawatt Park complex, the power utility’s […]

Eskom to announce coal recovery plan to address imbalance in coal stock levels

The challenge of coal stock levels below the required target of 20 days at seven of Eskom’s power stations is not ideal, more especially as the power utility prepares for the traditionally higher electricity usage period in winter. The organisation has, however, put measures in place to address the current coal shortages. Eskom says it […]

Energy Intensive User Group calls for publication of new IRP

Xolani Mbanga, the CEO of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG), has written an open letter to Jeff Radebe, the  minister of energy, requesting the publication of the integrated resource plan for public comment.  The EIUG, whose members collectively consume approximately 40% of South Africa’s electricity, believes that energy is the engine for our country’s economic […]

Public hearings on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account commence

Eskom is scheduled to make presentations as the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) conducts public hearings into the power utility’s application in terms of the regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for the second, third and fourth year (2014/15; 2015/16 and 2016/17 period) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3), totalling R66,6-billion. The hearings […]

DoE says overdue IRP will be published soon

The Department of Energy (DoE) says it is about to publish the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) having just signed the outstanding power producer agreements with independent power producers. These 27 new projects constitute the biggest IPP procurement by the Department of Energy to date, representing a total of R56-billion of investment and about 2300 MW of […]

EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs

The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa has submitted its comments to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) regarding Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17 and says Nersa should allow only R40-billion of the R65-billion clawback requested by Eskom. Nersa will hold public hearings into Eskom’s RCA […]

Signing of PPAs removes uncertainty, creates job opportunities

Speaking at the signing of the outstanding power-producer’s agreements (PPAs) in Pretoria recently, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, said that South Africa has passed the period of uncertainty, not only for the renewable energy industry, but also for private sector investment in the energy sector. Radebe said that the procurement of 27 new projects is […]