Millions of urban Africans still don’t have electricity: here’s what can be done

At least 110-million of the 600-million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas, and most are within a stone’s throw from existing power grid infrastructure. Why do they remain unconnected? In Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia alone there are up to 95-million people living in urban areas. All are in close […]

Addressing Africa’s dire need for ubiquitous, reliable electricity

In a presentation at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 recently, Claudio Facchin, the president of ABB’s power grids division, said that the changing generation landscape, including an increase in the penetration of renewable energy sources, has introduced certain challenges. The grid, Facchin said, which was originally built for one-way power flow, has had to […]

Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…

Credible reports are being received of alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coal-fired power stations in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The reports indicate that the situation has become so serious that Eskom’s primary energy division has recommended to the utility’s new generation head, Thava Govender, that a coal supply emergency be declared. This follows information […]

Building South Africa’s new energy future

Over the last ten years the rate of change in the energy sector has taken world by storm. Thirty years ago, those who spoke of a sustainable energy future were considered to be either dreamers or science fiction authors! However, we have seen unprecedented technological, environmental, social, political and economic developments which have turned these […]

Join the debate on the restructuring of Eskom

. You, your friends, colleagues, business associates and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend an open, energy sector debate to consider: Should Eskom be restructured, and if so, how and when? DATE: Thursday 10 May 2018 TIME: 15h00 for 15h30 to 18h00, with drinks and snacks thereafter VENUE: Axiz Auditorium (map here), International […]

The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and must be for everyone

In response to the interdict sought to stop yesterday’s signature of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) projects, the Life After Coal Campaign emphasises the urgent need for a rapid, but just transition from coal to a low carbon future. Workers in power stations and coal mines […]