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 […]

Resolution to Eskom’s stand-off with renewable energy sector in SA sought

  Following an unseemly public standoff between Eskom and the renewable energy sector in South Africa, including suggestions made by Eskom’s acting CEO Matshela Koko that the country’s national, state-owned, scientific and industrial research, development and technology commercialisation body, CSIR, is a lobby group for renewable energy, it appears the utility may be ready to […]

Changes in leadership at energy regulator

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has confirmed that the minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has appointed Christopher Forlee as chief executive officer and full-time regulator board member of NERSA for a period of five years, effective from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021. Forlee is an electrical engineer and an […]

Evolution of local UAS market examined at Drone Conference 2016

  South Africa’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry gathered at Emperors Palace in Gauteng in November 2016 for a comprehensive two-day conference to discuss various UAS business considerations, applications, areas of potential growth, and operational aspects of the technology. Organised by United Drone Holdings (UDH), a shared services UAS company, the conference drew approximately 100 […]

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 […]

Beyond one-million electric cars

  In 2015 the global threshold of 1-million electric cars on the road was exceeded, with the final figure reaching 1,26-million. This is a symbolic achievement highlighting significant efforts deployed jointly by a number of governments and industries over the past ten years. This the executive summary of the IEA’s Global EV outlook 2016 report.  […]