Which energy sources for SA? Nuclear, renewables, coal…

  As an energy manager, an energy measurement and verification professional I have been involved in the energy field for more than 20 years. I am therefore very conscious of the need for energy efficiency, and to limit the impact on the environment. I am however not an expert in any specific field regarding the […]

Installing renewable energy is not an indulgence, it is the right thing to do

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which was established by the South African government’s department of energy in 2011, is widely accepted as one of the best programmes this country has implemented. Prior to 2011, the electricity supply industry consisted of one major electricity generator, Eskom, and some power was imported […]

Will changing Eskom’s chairman give us more power?

  Eskom has announced the departure of its non-executive chairman, Zola Tsotsi. The power utility’s website reports Tsotsi as saying that his departure is “in the interest of the company and the country and was done in order to allow the board to focus on the core issues facing Eskom”. Dr. Ben Ngubane has been […]

How will SA’s new nuclear power stations be paid for?

  The South African government has committed itself, by means of its Nuclear Energy Policy and Integrated Resource Plan, to an energy mix consisting of coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar and wind. Yet, if the government is so determined to pursue nuclear power stations, why was no mention of the financing for this included in […]

2015: New era or dark future?

  Without getting into any arguments about how the start and finish of decades are calculated, I will state that we are now just past the halfway mark of the 2010s decade. 2015 seems to be a good target year for achieving goals by many programmes, in fact the whole decade seems to have been […]

Further delays in first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi announced by Eskom

  At its interim financial results presentation for the period 1 April to 30 September 2014, which was held on 25 November 2014, Eskom announced further delays in first synchronisation of Unit 6 (the first generation unit to be synchronised to the grid) at Medupi power station. The project team at Eskom and the minister […]

Nuclear reactions

  The recent announcement of the signing of an agreement between the South African government and the Russian nuclear company Rosatom has created a flood of speculation and comment about the future of nuclear power generation in this country. The official announcement describes the deal as an “intergovernmental agreement on strategic partnership and cooperation in […]

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