Solar PV association slams Eskom, points to energy policy failings in SA

  SAPVIA Media Statement: 21 July 2016 “South Africa’s energy mix is expected to shift considerably towards renewables over the next two decades”. That is according to Eskom’s Chairperson, Dr. Ben Ngubane, quoted in the state-owned utility’s media statement released recently of its annual results presentation. The Department of Energy, in a recently published Expression […]

Understanding the cost of electricity from Medupi, Kusile and IPPs

  In order to understand and compare the cost of electricity from a power plant, whether it is coal-fired, nuclear, hydro, gas, wind or solar, one needs to look further than simply the capital, fuel or operating and maintenance costs in isolation, to a concept known as the “levelised cost of electricity” over the lifetime […]

The roles of private sector IPPs and Eskom in renewable energy in SA

  An interview with the South African Renewable Energy Council EE Publishers initially proposed an interview with Eskom on its position and role in respect of renewable energy in South Africa. Eskom agreed and requested the interview questions in advance. However after the interview questions were provided, Eskom failed to engage further or provide answers […]

The world nuclear industry status report 2016

  The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 (WNISR2016) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. The WNISR2016 edition includes again an assessment of the financial status […]

Mini-bus taxi industry needs geospatial oversight

  Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau recently pointed out that South African society has a tendency to criminalise the poor. And he is right. Entrepreneurs trying to make a living by selling goods on the side of the road are prosecuted, and people without basic services such as electricity are penalised for connecting themselves illegally. There […]

I was told by Eskom not to speculate, but to ask questions. So I did…

  After the exposé by Carte Blanche on Sunday 12 June 2016 regarding a R500+ million prepayment by Eskom to the Guptas for coal, we were told by Eskom’s Khulu Phasiwe that if we had any questions, we should not speculate, but to simply ask the necessary questions. So I did… After first flatly denying […]

Eskom and Westinghouse respond to article in Energize magazine and other publications

  The following written responses have been received by EE Publishers from Eskom and Westinghouse to an article on the awaited judgement of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in respect of a R5-billion contract between Eskom and Areva for the replacement of six steam generators at Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western […]

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