Understanding Eskom’s nuclear ambitions – an interview with David Nicholls

  In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed ten questions to David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, to explore issues surrounding Eskom’s proposed new nuclear procurement programme for South Africa, and to try and understand Eskom’s thinking. These are his responses, published below in slightly edited form for compactness. Please note […]

Analysis: The Draft IRP2016 – lightweight, superficial and downright dangerous…

  Electricity is the biggest energy carrier in South Africa. As such, an up-to-date national Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity is essential for the country’s overall economic and energy planning process for the provision of adequate electricity generation capacity to meet demand for the next 20 to 40 years. While the lead-time for new […]

Positioning to capture opportunities from the next wave of distribution services

  As the electricity grid of the future takes shape, distribution utilities want to extract full value from their investments in smart technologies. This will mean creating a truly efficient grid by optimising the smart network itself, while also harnessing a wide array of distributed energy resources (DER) and flexibility from customer participation. This is […]

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  In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power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 […]

No room for secrecy: Minimum requirements for SA’s Integrated Resource Plan for electricity

  The following press release has been received from the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) giving solid input into the need for an updated Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity following due process and public participation before further decisions or commitments are made for new generation capacity in South Africa. The Life after Coal Campaign (made […]

New waste regulations: Are you prepared?

  Amendments to the National Environmental Waste Management Act are set to change the waste classification and disposal landscape in South Africa drastically through a new set of new waste classification and management regulations. Promulgated on 23 August 2013, these regulations took effect on 1 August this year and prescribe two sets of national norms […]

Earthlife Africa calls for financial support for legal challenge to nuclear build in SA

  Earthlife Africa is calling for financial support for its legal challenge to a 9,6 GW new-nuclear build programme in South Africa. The objective of the legal challenge is to force the South African executive to obey procurement law, and in doing so publish and legislate procurement legislation that allows for public participation, oversight and […]