Submission to NERSA: Eskom’s application for a “selective reopener” of MYPD 3

  This submission is in response to Eskom’s application on 30 April 2015 to NERSA for a “selective reopener” of NERSA’s third multi-year price determination (MYPD 3), for the period 1 April 2015 to 30 March 2018. Click here for the slides presented at the NERSA public hearings on 23 June 2015 NERSA’s task as Regulator is […]

Wearing technology whilst driving

  Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head mounted display, and enables the wearer to communicate with the internet via voice commands. The glasses visually connect the wearer to an Android-run heads up display that offers many of the features of an Android smartphone, and connects the wearer to many of Google’s key cloud […]

Unanswered questions on Eskom’s price application to NERSA

  This article questions Eskom’s recent application to NERSA for an additional price increase this year, and concludes that if the Regulator is to grant any price increase at all, it should be no more than 6,15% rather than the 12,61% claimed by Eskom. On 30 April 2015, South Africa’s national electricity utility, Eskom, submitted […]

World Energy Trilemma: Priority actions on climate change and how to balance the trilemma

  This 2015 World Energy Trilemma report is a key departure for the World Energy Council’s community. In its previous research the Council engaged business leaders, policymakers and investors in analysing what is needed for energy investment to flow in support of achieving the three goals – energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability – of the energy […]

Domestic electricity prices of six metros and Eskom compared

  There is significant public misperception and confusion in respect of domestic electricity tariffs in South Africa. In order to clarify the facts, this article compares the domestic electricity prices of Eskom and the six largest metros in the country, namely City Power (Johannesburg), Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town. Public misperceptions […]

Energy management company reasserts energy efficiency importance

  Schneider Electric held a media forum on 19 May 2015 in which the company re-affirmed its commitment to energy efficiency. The company is one of the key global players in the field of energy management. Energy efficiency has received increasing attention in recent years as energy demands and consumption have increased globally – a […]

Managing the drone free-for-all

  Drones have been in the news lately, some for all the right reasons and in many cases for all the wrong reasons.  Drones are nothing more than a new technology – a tool in an ever increasing array of tools. Just as the discovery of fire facilitated human advancement, it also brought with it […]

To prepay or not to prepay Eskom – that is the question…

  In the first two weeks since his appointment, some questionable public statements made by Eskom’s new acting CEO, Mr. Brian Molefe, make one wonder whether he is receiving sound information from his executive team. The minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Lynne Brown, seems to have had similar problems. After a presentation to the Public […]