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 […]

Eskom secrecy to be challenged in court

  Following Eskom’s continued refusal to provide EE Publishers with generation performance information, EE Publishers has approached the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) to assist in its legal quest to obtain the required information. The information, requested through a Promotion of Access to Information Act application submitted in June 2016, includes information such as the […]

CSIR Energy Centre presents its outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

  In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. The CSIR study by Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Jarrad Wright, Joanne Calitz and Crescent Mushwana was […]

Updated: Appeal stalls RCA clawback of R42-billion by Eskom from electricity customers

  Both Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) have submitted applications for leave to appeal a 16 August 2016 judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius in the Pretoria High Court . (See editor’s note below.)  The judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius had set aside NERSA’s R11,2-billion regulatory clearing account (RCA) award for […]

Cost of new power generation in South Africa

  The Energy Centre of the CSIR has moved to provide updated and consistent information on the cost of new power from wind, solar PV, baseload coal IPP, baseload Eskom coal, and nuclear power generation technologies in South Africa. In a presentation dated 14 October 2016, the head of CSIR’s Energy Centre, Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, […]

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