Resolution to Eskom’s stand-off with renewable energy sector in SA sought

  Following an unseemly public standoff between Eskom and the renewable energy sector in South Africa, including suggestions made by Eskom’s acting CEO Matshela Koko that the country’s national, state-owned, scientific and industrial research, development and technology commercialisation body, CSIR, is a lobby group for renewable energy, it appears the utility may be ready to […]

New CEO for space agency

  Dr. Valanathan Munsami has been appointed as a successor to Dr. Sandile Malinga, as the new CEO for the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) effective from 3 January 2017. Dr. Malinga left the SANSA in August 2016 following five years as inaugural CEO and board member, Potlaki Maine was appointed as interim CEO […]

Eskom bemoans the cost of renewable energy

  Eskom says that while it acknowledges the positive role played by the renewable energy programme in the reduction of load shedding to the benefit to the South African economy, the cost of this programme amounted to R9-billion in 2016. Click here to read the CSIR’s response to the claims made by Eskom Click here to […]

SAREC responds to Eskom’s “propaganda” on renewable energy cost

  The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), together with various independent energy bodies, has come out in strong opposition to what it calls the “blatant distortion” of facts associated with the cost of renewable power purchases. Click here to read Eskom’s press release regarding the high cost of renewable energy Click here to read […]

CSIR methodology to quantify the fuel-saver effect of new power generators in SA

  This is a response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to a media statement issued by Eskom on 10 January 2017, which makes reference to a methodology that was developed by the CSIR in 2015 to assess the fuelsaving effect of a new power generator in a constrained power system. Value of a […]

Wind/solar sectors mull Eskom court bid while new energy plan delayed

  The Department of Energy (DoE) has delayed the deadline of the public consultation process regarding its draft energy plans, while the renewable sector is considering going to court to force Eskom’s hand amid the sector’s new build woes. In November 2016, the DoE published the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource […]

Changes in leadership at energy regulator

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has confirmed that the minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has appointed Christopher Forlee as chief executive officer and full-time regulator board member of NERSA for a period of five years, effective from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021. Forlee is an electrical engineer and an […]

Eskom can turn the lights off, court rules

  Eskom may cut off power supply to eight municipalities as a means to recover outstanding debt, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Thursday. Judge Hans Fabricius made the ruling on an urgent matter submitted by civil rights group AfriForum, which sought to stop Eskom from cutting power. The application by AfriForum was dismissed with […]

Eskom wins Concourt judgement

  The Constitutional Court has affirmed Eskom’s award of a R5-billion contract to Areva for the replacement of the six steam generators at the Koeberg power station near Cape Town. This decision ends a long-standing dispute between the power utility and Westinghouse, a rival service provider. According to a report on Business Day’s website (http://bit.ly/2ieZUSN), […]

Energy-intensive users comment on draft IRP

  The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) was established in 1999 as a non-profit association. Its 32 members account for more than 40% of electrical energy consumed in South Africa and collectively contribute more than 20% to the GDP. The EIUG supports the transition to a lower-carbon economy and believes this can be […]