Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa

  Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) who were part of the […]

Eskom’s financial problems – how is it going to dig itself out of the hole?

  The Helen Suzman Foundation’s legal counsellors have taken a good look at Eskom’s financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017, which were released on 19 July 2017.  The purpose of this brief is to highlight the major cash flow issues which it will have to confront over the next few years. The […]

Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner

  When it comes to the heated energy debate in South Africa, “blessed are the peacemakers” is surely a principle to be encouraged. We need as many cool heads as we can get. So when Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North-West University writes that he “object(s) strongly” to article titles which make reference to “war” and […]

Eskom has over-recovered R7,6-billion in renewables-related costs since 2014

  Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through IPP tariffs since 2013/14. The […]

The danger of preconceptions and misconceptions

  A recent visit to Moscow as part of as media delegation caused me to change my mind about the city and reminded me how easily we allow preconceived ideas to become entrenched in our thinking. Based on impressions drawn from numerous spy novels that abounded in the cold war era, I envisioned Moscow to […]

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