Nedbank withdraws funding for new coal IPPs

. Nedbank lived up to its slogan as the “green” bank in a decision to  withdraw its funding of two proposed new coal-fired power stations in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. This decision fits with the banking group’s commitment to “green” funding, responsible lending and supporting sustainability initiatives. The bank says its initial proposal for […]

Independent research reveals extent of Eskom’s violation of air quality laws

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) commissioned a study in late-2018 to assess Eskom’s state of (non)compliance with its air emission licences (AELs). It was found that – in its own monthly emission reports over a 21-month period – Eskom revealed nearly 3200 exceedances of its daily AEL limits for particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide […]

Memo from chairman of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes slams misinformation

. In a memo to staff today, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd chairman Dr Namane Magau slammed misinformation in certain media [apparently emanating from fired former Necsa chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and suspended former CEO Phumzile Tshelane] claiming that there are plans to somehow privatise NTP Radioisotopes (NTP). […]

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been told, the utility needs at […]

Were corrupt officials behind Eskom’s policy of coal from 51% black-owned mines?

When Eskom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza stated that everybody is to blame for the current load shedding last week, there was quite a reaction. The week before, at Eskom’s interim results presentation, he made another strange statement that went mostly unnoticed. Mabuza told journalists and analysts that Eskom doesn’t have a policy that coal suppliers must be majority […]

SAIEE appoints new CEO

The SAIEE has appointed Sicelo Xulu as its new CEO. He will taking over the reins form Stan Bridgens, who has held this position for more than 12 years. Sicelo Xulu is a fellow of the South African Institution of Energy Efficiency (SAIEE). He served as president of the AMEU from 2014 to 2016. Xulu […]

Correction issued regarding Eskom’s RCA recovery

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has published its Reasons for Decision (RfD) documents on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for Year 2 (2014/15), Year 3 (2015/16) and Year 4 (2016/17) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3). On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved a total RCA balance of R32,69-billion for […]

Radebe replaces Necsa board over ‘defiance’ and ‘ineptitude’

. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the replacement or the chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and complete board of the Southern African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was warranted given its failures to exercise its fiduciary duties. The minister was speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Friday 7 december 2018. Necsa conducts research and development […]

Black company makes renewable energy history

A 100% black-owned company has made history in the highly competitive South African renewable energy industry by pioneering and leading the development of a large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) station that is now supplying electricity to Eskom’s severely constrained national grid. The R11-billion, 100 MW Ilanga CSP1 power station is the first of 92 large-scale […]

Load shedding: Minister cracks the whip

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced immediate plans to put an end to the load shedding that has been a daily occurrence countrywide since 29 November and threatens to gobble up any green shoots of economic growth. Gordhan had called the Eskom leadership back from an investor roadshow to its Megawatt Park headquarters […]