Millions of urban Africans still don’t have electricity: here’s what can be done

At least 110-million of the 600-million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas, and most are within a stone’s throw from existing power grid infrastructure. Why do they remain unconnected? In Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia alone there are up to 95-million people living in urban areas. All are in close […]

Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…

Credible reports are being received of alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coal-fired power stations in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The reports indicate that the situation has become so serious that Eskom’s primary energy division has recommended to the utility’s new generation head, Thava Govender, that a coal supply emergency be declared. This follows information […]

Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa

The energy sector is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Digital technology and small scale embedded generation are becoming more common in electrical systems, leaving traditional power utilities with many unanswered questions. Perhaps the most important question is how this energy revolution can be used to address the severe energy poverty that exists in many parts […]

Building South Africa’s new energy future

Over the last ten years the rate of change in the energy sector has taken world by storm. Thirty years ago, those who spoke of a sustainable energy future were considered to be either dreamers or science fiction authors! However, we have seen unprecedented technological, environmental, social, political and economic developments which have turned these […]

The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and must be for everyone

In response to the interdict sought to stop yesterday’s signature of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) projects, the Life After Coal Campaign emphasises the urgent need for a rapid, but just transition from coal to a low carbon future. Workers in power stations and coal mines […]

An overview of the South African energy sector

The following article is compiled from a speech Chris Yelland, the MD of EE Publishers, gave to the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) SDA Workshop recently. The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is meant to provide some direction for the energy sector to financiers, industrialists, manufacturers and suppliers regarding the way ahead up to 2020. […]