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 […]

EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs

The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa has submitted its comments to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) regarding Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17 and says Nersa should allow only R40-billion of the R65-billion clawback requested by Eskom. Nersa will hold public hearings into Eskom’s RCA […]

More nuclear power in China

The World Nuclear Association released a report on China’s electricity generating plans recently. The report – of which this is an extract – states that most of mainland China’s electricity is produced from fossil fuels, predominantly from coal – 73% in 2015. Two large hydro projects are recent additions: Three Gorges of 18,2 GWe and Yellow […]

Signing of PPAs removes uncertainty, creates job opportunities

Speaking at the signing of the outstanding power-producer’s agreements (PPAs) in Pretoria recently, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, said that South Africa has passed the period of uncertainty, not only for the renewable energy industry, but also for private sector investment in the energy sector. Radebe said that the procurement of 27 new projects is […]