To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry – that is the question…

  This article describes how the lighting industry, represented by IESSA, set out to reduce the regulatory burden, but achieved exactly the opposite due to the vested commercial interests of the NRCS, SABS and certain incumbent lighting manufacturers and suppliers. The way is paved for a dysfunctional regulatory process to become even more dysfunctional, thus […]

Total transparency is essential

  When considering a project as large as a nuclear power station new-build, absolute transparency is essential. David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, speaking to EE Publisher’s Chris Yelland recently, said Eskom will do what it can to avoid secrecy and will publish information publicly. If the power utility wishes to allay fears about lack […]

Calling out the wolf in sheep’s clothing

  The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), a non-profit civil action organisation, has studied the recent interview of Eskom’s David Nicholls by Chris Yelland of EE Publishers and offers the following response. Eskom’s commences its inquiry by assuming we can only build traditional “baseload power”. It then shoots down the gas option as “will cost […]

Pragmatism and common-sense in energy planning

  The Department of Energy released its revised version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2030, which has been updated to cater for South Africa’s energy needs up to 2050. Preliminary results shared by the Department of Energy (DoE) show that many stakeholders take strong positions in one direction or the other, most of them […]

Understanding Eskom’s nuclear ambitions – an interview with David Nicholls

  In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed ten questions to David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, to explore issues surrounding Eskom’s proposed new nuclear procurement programme for South Africa, and to try and understand Eskom’s thinking. These are his responses, published below in slightly edited form for compactness. Please note […]

Is cutting power really the best solution to non-payment of electricity?

  Eskom has announced that it will start disconnecting power from 52 towns in 16 local municipalities across four provinces from today. This follows a recent North Gauteng High Court ruling which rejected AfriForum’s appeal to prevent the power utility from taking this action. In a statement on Eskom’s website today, the power utility identifies […]