Electricity supply industry restructuring: options for the organisation of government assets

  This report dated April 2016 was produced by Genesis Analytics for Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS) for Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), and is made available by EE Publishers in the public and the industry interest. The introduction to the Genesis report is given below. Click here to read the full report Introduction From 2007 […]

Energy storage trends and opportunities in emerging markets

  Energy storage is a crucial tool for enabling the effective integration of renewable energy and unlocking the benefits of local generation and a clean, resilient energy supply. The technology continues to prove its value to grid operators around the world who must manage the variable generation of solar and wind energy. However, the development […]

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  In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power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