Eskom: from a crisis of capacity, to a crisis of rising prices, declining demand and funding

  An energy sector leader recently observed that the electricity crisis in South Africa is maturing (perhaps like cheese), from generation capacity issues, to issues of the electricity price, tariffs, the price elasticity of demand, and the capacity of Eskom to finance its generation, transmission and distribution activities. Amid the onset of regular load shedding in late 2014, a […]

COP21: The beginning of a major economic transformation?

  Massive shifts to renewable energy, enormous energy efficiency improvements, improved land management, radical changes in urban planning and transport, tens of thousands of major companies ready to take action, thousands of mayors and regional governments ready to restructure their cities and regions – all these commitments have been made by countries across the world […]

Radically rethinking South Africa’s mining operations

  Depressed commodity prices, the continuing economic downturn and pervasive illegal mining activities, have been hitting South Africa’s mining sector hard. Cost cutting plans, retrenchments and even mine closures are the order of the day. While stimulating commodity prices and resuscitating the global economy are beyond the South African mining industry’s scope, the sector has […]

Renewable energy bid selection and allocation criteria in SA flawed

  The current bid selection criteria of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme’s narrow evaluation and spatial blindness favours projects that are not necessarily the least-cost option for renewable energy at the point of consumption. This not only impacts energy costs for Eskom, and therefore for consumers, but also creates transmission congestion […]