Result of hearing of Eskom’s group executive for group capital

Tim Bruinders SC, who was appointed by Eskom to chair a disciplinary hearing convened to consider charges levelled against Abram Masango, the power utility’s group executive for group capital, has found Masango not guilty of the charges levelled against him. Masango was placed on suspension on 15 November 2017, and was already on suspension when the […]

Implementing economic development in rural communities

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is working with key constituencies to help improve the implementation of economic development components through industry practice. A final workshop in a series hosted by SAWEA brought together key representatives of the three constituencies concerned with economic development in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).  […]

Energy Intensive User Group calls for publication of new IRP

Xolani Mbanga, the CEO of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG), has written an open letter to Jeff Radebe, the  minister of energy, requesting the publication of the integrated resource plan for public comment.  The EIUG, whose members collectively consume approximately 40% of South Africa’s electricity, believes that energy is the engine for our country’s economic […]

Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?

Energy efficiency, which has been defined as “the best and cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions and use the least amount of electricity to achieve a desired result” and is often viewed as an obvious cost-saving option in an industrial or commercial operation, is frequently not implemented in South Africa. The National Energy Act of […]

Cosatu rejects above-inflation tariff hikes to bail out “drug addict” Eskom

Granting Eskom above-inflation tariff hikes is like feeding bailout addictions of a drug addict, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was told. Nersa is holding public hearings over the next three weeks, relating to Eskom’s application for the regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for three years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17). The amount comes to […]

Promoting digital innovation through collaboration

Apart from well-established innovations in robotics, drives, control systems and energy solutions at the recent ABB Customer World Africa 2018, a new drive for local innovation bloomed as ABB signed an agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand technology centre, known as the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was signed […]

DoE says overdue IRP will be published soon

The Department of Energy (DoE) says it is about to publish the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) having just signed the outstanding power producer agreements with independent power producers. These 27 new projects constitute the biggest IPP procurement by the Department of Energy to date, representing a total of R56-billion of investment and about 2300 MW of […]

Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa

The energy sector is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Digital technology and small scale embedded generation are becoming more common in electrical systems, leaving traditional power utilities with many unanswered questions. Perhaps the most important question is how this energy revolution can be used to address the severe energy poverty that exists in many parts […]