Studying the evolution of the electricity grid and opportunities for the future

GO15, a voluntary initiative of the world’s 19 largest power grid operators representing more than 70% of the world’s electricity suppliers, has announced a study of three key areas to ensure future operational and economic sustainability for the transmission and system operator industry. Thava Govender, the president of GO15, addressing energy experts at the transmission […]

Outcomes of debate: Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?

An open public debate, attended by approximately 250 people in Midrand recently, discussed various options on the future of Eskom. A vote at the end of the debate showed that 70% of those present voted in favour of a deep and decisive restructuring of Eskom, while only 14% voted that the power utility should continue […]

Liquidation of Eskom’s RCA balance to be phased in

In addresses to stakeholders in Kimberley and Bloemfontein regarding its applications for the liquidation of its outstanding regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications recently, Eskom’s general manager for regulation, Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, said that the power utility is aware of and accepts that the RCA balance of R66-billion will be phased in over a number of years […]

No load-shedding this winter, says Eskom – but can we be sure?

The power utility’s interim group chief executive has assured the public that the organisation is committed to keeping the lights on this winter, despite low coal stockpiles at six of its power stations, by shifting plant performance and coal stock between power stations. At a media briefing at Eskom’s Megawatt Park complex, the power utility’s […]

Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in some countries show promise

The world is not on track to meet the global energy targets for 2030 set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), but real progress is being made in certain areas – particularly expansion of access to electricity in least developed countries, and industrial energy efficiency, according to a new report from five international […]

Eskom to announce coal recovery plan to address imbalance in coal stock levels

The challenge of coal stock levels below the required target of 20 days at seven of Eskom’s power stations is not ideal, more especially as the power utility prepares for the traditionally higher electricity usage period in winter. The organisation has, however, put measures in place to address the current coal shortages. Eskom says it […]

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).  […]