New registration rules for small scale embedded generation

The Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice gazetted today for public comment. The Notice articulates the intention of the Department of Energy (DoE), in consultation with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), to repeal the Exemption Notice published under Government Notice Number 1231 of 10 November 2017 and thereby amend it , by […]

Eskom reintroduces weekly system status reports

Eskom hosted members of the media at its national control facility and launched its weekly system status report. The report, which will be hosted on Eskom’s website, gives a weekly view of energy sent out, peak demand, performance of generating units in terms of the energy availability factor (EAF) and an outlook of three months […]

Nuclear on back burner as renewables gain greater share of SA’s electricity future

The South African government will launch a new round in its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Procurement Programme later this year. Addressing an audience of about 400 delegates at the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Stakeholder Engagement event at Gallagher Conference Centre recently, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said that his department will launch a […]

Irregular municipal expenditure up by 75%

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is concerned about the 75% increase in irregular municipal expenditure, from R16,2-billion in the previous year to R28,4-billion in the year under review, as reported in the recent Auditor General’s report. While CESA acknowledges the significant effort made by municipalities in 2016/17 to identify and report on irregular expenditure incurred […]

How sales of new electric vehicles have hit record levels

Dynamic market uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) has occurred in recent years. On-going support and commitments for increased deployment of EVs from policy makers and the automotive industry has resulted in increased sales volumes. This, together with growing competition in the development of new technologies, are likely to contribute to continuous reductions in the cost […]

An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future

.  An important new research report by Gregory Ireland and Jesse Burton, of the Energy Research Centre (ERC), University of Cape Town, was published on 30 May 2018. The report assesses the cost, emissions and supply security implications of South Africa’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme which was launched in 2014 in line with […]

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National […]