Executive summary, full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders and the general public by […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

New nuclear build is justifiable, says WNA

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build can be justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the executive summary of the […]

New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early

  Eskom has been vague when it comes to backing up its claims about five power stations which will have to close early due to the expected inclusion of more renewable energy producers. Not even the three unions that have met with executives from the power utility over the past few weeks have been given details about […]

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary of five major submissions made, […]

Eskom’s chief nuclear officer discusses Eskom’s renewed interest in the PBMR

  On 27 March 2017, EE Publishers’ investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, David Nicholls, on the utility’s renewed interest in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). Nicholls explains the potential of the project, which is currently still in its research phase. Below is their conversation, edited […]

Interview with the new CEO of NERSA, Mr. Chris Forlee

  On Friday 24 March 2017, EE Publishers investigative editor, Chris Yelland, and assistant editor, Pierre Potgieter, interviewed Mr. Chris Forlee, the new CEO of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Mr Forlee, a graduate electrical engineer by background (see CV here), assumed the position of CEO of NERSA on 1 January 2017. […]

Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value

  Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. In 2015, their additional annual generation met almost all incremental demand for electricity. This is the executive summary of a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Click here to download the full report Variable renewable energy (VRE) costs, especially […]

The future of electricity: New technologies transforming the grid edge

  The electricity system is in the midst of a transformation, as technology and innovation disrupt traditional models from generation to beyond the meter. Three trends in particular are converging to produce game-changing disruptions: The electrification of large sectors of the economy such as transport and heating Decentralisation, spurred by the sharp decrease in costs […]

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